Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus opened the new County bridge at Dog Tail Corners Road (CR22) to traffic today following a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local officials, business owners and residents. The new county bridge “D35” replaces a 1931 bridge and spans the Ten Mile River in the Town of Dover and is located approximately two hundred feet north of New York State Route 55 at the Webatuck Craft Village.
“Using history as our foundation, today we are pleased to re-open our bridge in the heart of the historic Webatuck Craft Village,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “The bridge’s special design took advantage of the existing historic cut stone blocks and incorporated architectural design details, such as period lighting fixtures; the result is a wonderful addition to highlight the local Dover character.”
The bridge is a 110’ single span, multi-girder structure with a reinforced concrete. The Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DCDPW) utilized “green” building principles by re-using the existing cut stone blocks from the previous two bridges located at the site. Architectural details including the barrier design and lighting fixtures were selected so the completed bridge would be able to compliment and enhance the appearance of the Webatuck Craft Village.
The bridge also features a sidewalk to facilitate safe crossing for pedestrian visitors and vendors in the craft village. The Webatuck Craft Village is home to a number of popular events throughout the year, including the Harvest Festival, so the new bridge sidewalk is certain to be a welcome addition.
The project is part of the effort by County Executive Steinhaus to revitalize the county’s highway system. The previous bridge superstructure was built in 1931 and was found to be deficient and required replacement, according to DCDPW. Construction on the bridge began in April, 2008 with an anticipated November 1st opening. A temporary pedestrian bridge was installed to provide for safe passage of pedestrians during the construction. The completed bridge opened approximately 6 weeks ahead of schedule.
Funding for bridge project consisted of 80% federal funds, 15% state funding share and 5% County funds.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “I especially want to acknowledge the terrific work of Gregory Bentley, our County Director of Engineering along with key staff including Robert Balkind and Matthew Dutcavich who were instrumental to the project’s success.