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Schenectady I-890 pedestrian bridge superstructures to come down Saturday

Schenectady I-890 pedestrian bridge superstructures to come down Saturday

Demolition work has been ongoing since March 25
Schenectady I-890 pedestrian bridge superstructures to come down Saturday
Demolition work began March 25
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

SCHENECTADY - The final superstructures of the I-890 pedestrian bridges are set to come down Saturday, city officials said.

The work is expected to stop traffic under the bridges three times, each for no more than 10 minutes, officials said.

The stoppages are to be between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. as Latham contractor Bette & Cring continues to remove the bridges.

The traffic stoppages will allow the workers to pick the steel from above the roadway, officials said. Two stoppages will be on the westbound ramps nearest Schenectady County Community College and one stoppage on the eastbound ramp nearest General Electric.

Drivers should expect delays and consider alternate routes. Flaggers will be on site to provide notice to drivers.

Work began to remove the bridges in late March and workers have since removed the bridge decks and much of the approaches.

The five-decade-old spans once carried pedestrians from the GE campus into downtown Schenectady, but had long since fallen into disrepair. City officials have said they looked at rehabbing the spans, but the cost was too prohibitive. A new pedestrian route that includes Erie Boulevard sidewalks and crossings has been designated.

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