The $12.2 million Broadway (Route 3) bridge reconstruction project is in full swing — as some motorists may have already found out this week.
“This bridge rehabilitation project will significantly improve the condition of this important bridge which links the two sides of Fulton,” New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said. “Together with recent improvements at the Route 3 and Route 481 intersection, traffic should flow freely through the city for many years to come.”
The DOT is replacing the entire superstructure, including the steel support beams and the concrete deck, and conducting substructure repairs on the concrete piers and abutments.
The short arch span on the west side of the bridge will be replaced with a precast box unit. New decorative bridge railing will also be installed.
During the first major stage of work, which began this Monday and will last into 2013, traffic will be shifted to the north side of the bridge and reduced from four lanes to two lanes, one in each direction.
The one lane in each direction configuration will be in place 24/7. Pedestrians will be accommodated on a temporary sidewalk adjacent to the westbound lane. The concrete deck will be removed from the south side the bridge, exposing the steel superstructure.
Over the course of several weeks in the fall, the bridge will be completely closed on weeknights between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. to allow for steel beam removal and replacement.
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