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Work on 1-90 begins
SCHODACK -- The Department of Transportation has started a $4.8 million project to replace the two bridges carrying Interstate 90 over the Moordener Kill in the town of Schodack on Monday.
"The work on these bridges will improve condition on I-90 in Rensselaer County and benefit the thousands of motorists who travel on this interstate every day" said DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. "I-90 is an important commuter highway and a critical commercial link between New York State and New England. Because of its importance, we will maintain traffic through this stretch to minimize the impacts on the traveling public."
The construction project meets the requirements of the Governor's Driver's First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists and ensures that disruptions are as minimal as possible to drivers at highway and bridge projects across the state.
Traffic in both directions have been reduced by one lane between Exit 11 and 12 as contractors build crossover lanes in the median. When that is finished in early May, these crossover lanes will shift traffic heading east onto the westbound bridge. The westbound bridge will then carry two lanes of traffic heading east and one lane of traffic heading west.
Motorists are encouraged to use Route 9 as an alternate route. Route 9 runs nearly parallel to I-90 between Exits 11 and 12.
NYSDOT will replace the eastbound bridge this year, with work expected to be completed by mid-November. The westbound bridge will be replaced next year. The work is needed because of aging and deterioration of the bridge's support beams.
The contractor for this project is Bette & Cring of Latham.