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Bridge removal construction starts Monday

PRINCETOWN - traveling over 1-88 from the Birchwood Drive bridge on County Road 66 will soon be a thing of the past.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announced Sunday that construction will resume Monday April 22 to remove the bridge carrying Birchwood Drive over Interstate 88 in Princetown, Schenectady County. The bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions starting at 7:00 a.m.

Two day closures on I-88 between exits 24 and 25 will be necessary for bridge steel removal.  Detours will be posted.

"The Birchwood Drive Bridge is not used by many people and by removing it NYSDOT can save millions in taxpayer funds that would have been used to rehabilitate and continue to maintain the structure," Commissioner McDonald said.  "Now we can focus our resources elsewhere in the Capital Region while causing very little impact to motorists who need to cross the interstate."


The bridge removal costs approximately $850,000 and includes removing the concrete and steel bridge and building cul-de-sacs on both sides of Birchwood Drive to provide room for vehicles to turn around. To rehabilitate the bridge, it would cost approximately $3.25 million.
    
Approximately 140 vehicles use the bridge each day and will now use the nearby Duanesburg Road Bridge to cross I-88.
 
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