Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Commissioner of Public Works Charles Traver have announced the two bridge projects in the Town of Dover are progressing on schedule, with the Ridge Road bridge expected to be open by September 3rd and the Lime Kiln Road bridge crossing to be open by October 1st.
Dutchess County Legislator Alan Surman joined County Executive Steinhaus and Commissioner of Public Charles Traver as they surveyed the work progress at the two bridges earlier this week.
“Our two bridge projects in Dover are moving along well. Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated crews and a cooperative attitude from Mother Nature, we have been able to stay on schedule toward our anticipated opening dates,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
On Ridge Road, assembly work is underway on a temporary bridge structure that will reopen the Cooperstown Brook crossing to traffic by the first week of September. The assembled structure is expected to be lifted into place next week. The temporary structure uses a bridge on loan from the New York State Department of Transportation. This innovative solution was the brainchild of Dutchess County Legislator Alan Surman who researched temporary bridge structures when the D32 bridge was closed in May of this year for structural deficiencies. This solution will allow the road to reopen to traffic until a permanent bridge replacement can be built in 2014, when federal transportation aid will be available to fund it.
On Lime Kiln Road, Bridge D13 over the Tenmile River in the Town of Dover is on track to reopen in October. D13 has been closed all summer while major steel restoration has been completed and a new deck is being installed. This project is being fully funded with federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars.
“The residents and visitors of Dover look forward to the reopening of these two bridges and are grateful to the Department of Public Works for all of their hard work toward making it happen,” said Legislator Surman.
To see additional photos of work being done on these Dover bridges and other county road projects, see the photo gallery at: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/PublicWorks/18813.htm.