Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the replacement of a County bridge in the Town of Dover on Dogtail Corner Road (CR 22), spanning over Ten Mile River. The bridge is located approximately two hundred feet north of New York State Route 55 at the Webatuck Craft Village. The project is part of the Dutchess County Department of Public Works’ (DCDPW) continuing effort to revitalize the county’s highway system.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “Bridge safety is always a major public safety concern, particularly in light of the tragic bridge collapse in Minnesota last year. This bridge reconstruction helps to ensure the safety of more than 2,000 motorists who cross this bridge on a daily basis.”
“In Dutchess County, our bridge repairs are ongoing and each of these repair projects require years of planning. For every project, our engineering team works to balance the potential inconvenience for bridge roadway users with the thorough and efficient construction to ensure the bridge’s safety,” Steinhaus continued.
The existing bridge superstructure, built in 1931, was found to be deficient and requires replacement, according to DCDPW. The reconstructed bridge will be constructed in the same location, and use portions of the abutments of the existing structure.
Starting Monday, March 31st, a detour will be in place for motorists and a temporary pedestrian bridge will be installed adjacent to the existing structure to provide for safe passage of pedestrians during the construction of the new bridge. Vehicle detours can utilize the following roads: Berkshire Road, Regans Mills Road, County Route 6, and New York State Route 55.
Total cost of the bridge replacement will be just under $1.4 million. The project is funded with 80% federal funds and 20% Dutchess County funding. The project is also eligible for a 15% state funding share, which would reduce the cost to county taxpayers to less than $70,000 or 5%.
The construction work is scheduled to begin March 31st, 2008 and is expected to be completed by fourth quarter 2008.