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Old Rexford Bridge demolition begins

Old Rexford Bridge demolition begins

Steel from old span will be salvaged
Old Rexford Bridge demolition begins
State workers continue demolition of the old Rexford Bridge on Wednesday.
Photographer: Eric Jenks/For The Daily Gazette

REXFORD — Having stood in the Mohawk River between Schenectady and Saratoga counties for more than 50 years, the Rexford Bridge is being demolished.

According to Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carol Breen, demolition began last week and is expected to wrap up around October. 

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Crews have started removing the bridge deck. Once that is done, the steel will be cut apart and removed, and finally the piers will be demolished. Traffic on the new Rexford Bridge will not be affected, but officials reminded drivers that the area in and around the bridge is still an active construction site, and all posted speed-limit signs should be obeyed. Drivers should also focus on driving and not be distracted by the demolition work. 

According to Breen, concrete debris from demolition will be broken into small pieces and transported away for disposal. The structural and supporting steel will be salvaged.

River traffic will be largely unaffected, except for short periods of work during which the old beams are being lifted off the bridge, Breen said.
 

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