SARATOGA SPRINGS & MALTA -- Two bridges that carry traffic over the Northway will close starting Monday as part of a state plan to replace both spans.
They will remain closed through most of the summer.
The bridges carrying Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs and East High Street in Malta over the interstate are being replaced under an $8 million state Department of Transportation contract. In addition to the bridges being closed, DOT said people driving on the Northway should expect some temporary lane closures during off-peak hours, and full closures at night when steel beams are being removed and new beams installed.
Lane restrictions are already in place on Crescent Avenue, but work on the bridges are to close entirely starting Monday, with new bridges opening by about Aug. 31 and all work completed by autumn. The Crescent Avenue southbound ramp to the Northway will remain open except for one weekend in late summer, state officials said.
Crescent Avenue connects the southern part of Saratoga Springs with the Saratoga Lake area and is used by about 3,000 vehicles per day, according to DOT figures. The East High Street bridge is the most direct link between Ballston Spa and Malta and links Malta neighborhoods east and west of the Northway, officials noted. It carries about 4,100 vehicles per day.
During the closures, Crescent Avenue traffic will be detoured to Nelson Avenue and the Union Avenue-Route 9P bridge, while East High Street traffic will be detoured to the Malta Avenue bridge. Access to Raymond Road from East High Street will still be available.
"Saratoga County is an economic force in New York state, and it is imperative we maintain the region's infrastructure to keep the regional economy strong," said acting DOT Commissioner Paul A. Karas.
The bridges, which opened in 1962, are being replaced because of their age. The new spans will have wider shoulders to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. An earlier citizen effort prevented the Nelson Avenue Extension bridge from being removed as part of the project, but there are no plans to improve that bridge.
The bridges' replacement is just one of a number of road and bridge projects scheduled around the Capital Region this spring and summer.