SCHENECTADY — Nott Street reopened to traffic Friday at the Erie Boulevard roundabout, just in time for an expected influx of visitors to the Rivers Casino & Resort across the street.
CP Rail completed its bridge replacement project at the intersection with Erie Boulevard, swapping out the old, rusting structure with an improved, larger one. The process took exactly one month and will allow the city of Schenectady to widen the road beneath the span later this year.
“It’s really an impressive thing,” said Chris Wallin, city engineer for Schenectady. “It looks so much different than it used to.”
Wallin said the hope was to have work finished a couple days ago, but the city hadn’t received many complaints about the project, so the delay was not a big deal.
Beginning Jan. 3, Nott Street was closed for a few blocks starting at the roundabout while crews began replacing the bridge. Workers assembled a temporary bridge to limit rail traffic interruptions, then replaced the old steel with new steel. The new span is about twice the length of the old bridge.
The bridge replacement -- and subsequent road widening -- is part of a traffic mitigation effort for the Mohawk Harbor development site. Wallin said the road widening process will get underway in the spring. A wider sidewalk will also be paved beneath the bridge as part of the project.
Officials are anticipating a spike in traffic along the corridor, as visitors begin to explore Mohawk Harbor. Rivers Casino & Resort opens Wednesday and is expected to draw thousands of visitors in its first few days. Other projects, including apartments and retail space, are on schedule to open this summer at Mohawk Harbor.