Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus today announced the County has begun the design and environmental review stages for the rehabilitation of the Mill Street Bridge (County Route 78) over Stony Creek in the Village of Tivoli.
According to County Executive Steinhaus, “As part of my ongoing commitment to ensuring county roadways are effectively maintained and safe for our county residents, we are initiating the design phase for this important gateway bridge that leads into the village business district. I am confident the end result for Tivoli residents will be both functional and visually appealing!”
Preliminary engineering assessment of the existing structure indicates the bridge will require a complete reconstruction of the superstructure. The bridge is structurally deficient and will require bridge piers to be modified and rehabilitated. The Executive said, “Special consideration will be given to the bridge’s unique visual characteristics. The rehabilitated structure will include masonry parapets and the period light fixture on the bridge will be restored or replicated.” A public information meeting will be held in Tivoli in summer 2007 to discuss the proposed preliminary design ideas for the project and to get feedback from Tivoli residents.
The Executive noted, “Total project cost is estimated at $820,000 which is substantially more than most bridge projects but I want to be sure this is done right and that the new bridge will be something the county and village residents can be proud of.” The project is federally funded at 80 percent and is eligible for an additional 15 percent reimbursement from State funds. Dutchess County government will contribute the remaining local share. Construction is scheduled for 2008 and will take approximately seven months.
Additional information may be acquired by contacting the Dutchess County Department of Public Works Engineering Division at (845) 486-2925.