Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Commissioner of Public Works Charles Traver have announced two bridge crossings in eastern Dutchess County reopened to traffic today. Bridge A16 over the Mill Brook on Amenia Union Road in Amenia was replaced and a temporary bridge structure was constructed to replace bridge D32 over the Cooperstown Brook and allow Ridge Road to reopen to thru traffic.
Bridge A16 and D32 are two of five bridge projects that were underway this summer under the direction of the Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW), in addition to more than 40 miles of road paving and repair projects throughout the County.
“Both Ridge Road in Dover and Amenia Union Road in Amenia have been reopened for vehicular traffic,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “Our Department of Public Works Engineering and Highway staff have had a very busy summer with numerous projects underway. We are pleased to have two more projects done and open for public use.”
In the Town of Amenia, bridge A16 over the Mill Brook on Amenia Union Road was closed at the end of April to allow for a complete replacement with a precast concrete structure. In response to feedback from local residents, construction included the rebuilding of stone parapet walls to retain the original character of the bridge, which was originally built in 1935. The project was fully funded by ARRA dollars.
On Ridge Road in the Town of Dover, a temporary bridge structure was used over the Cooperstown Brook to replace bridge D32. The temporary structure uses a bridge on loan from the New York State Department of Transportation. When bridge D32 was closed in May for structural deficiencies, Dutchess County Legislator Alan Surman helped find this innovative solution when he researched temporary bridge structures. This solution will allow the road to reopen to traffic until a permanent bridge replacement can be completed, currently scheduled for 2012 when federal transportation aid will be available to fund it.
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “These projects were the result of collaboration, community input and skilled experience. Our dedicated DPW team used the input, feedback and creative solutions from local residents and elected representatives to design and complete these projects and get these roads reopened for residents and visitors alike.”