The department says the project eased travel and enhanced safety along a heavily traveled connector between the city of Schenectady and the town of Glenville in Schenectady County that provides access to the area’s many popular retail and entertainment destinations. A new shared-use path was also added to improve recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.
“The rehabilitated Freeman’s Bridge strengthens an important link that helps connect the Capital Region together and exemplifies one of the great things about transportation—its ability to bring communities together and make it easier for residents and visitors alike to experience all that they have to offer,” NYSDOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said in a statement.
Freemans Bridge, which was built in 1985 and handles an average of 26,442 motor vehicles a day, connects Glenville’s busy Freemans Bridge Road retail corridor with Schenectady’s Erie Boulevard and such nearby destinations as Proctors Theatre, the Schenectady Train Station, Schenectady County Community College, and Rivers Casino.
The project, which began in April, replaced the bridge’s concrete riding surface and bridge joints, painted the steel girders, repaired the concrete underneath the bridge, and installed new solar-powered navigation lights. New pavement was also added to the bridge approaches.
An existing sidewalk on the west side of the bridge was widened to 10 ft to create a new shared-use path that links to existing multiuse paths on either side of the bridge, enhancing walking and bicycling opportunities. The project extended the service life of the bridge by 25 years.
Work was staged on the four-lane structure so that construction could occur on one half of the bridge length at a time, allowing one lane of traffic to remain open in each direction throughout the duration of the project this year. Although major construction is complete, minor finishing work is still taking place and motorists should expect periodic lane shifts and single lane closures of short duration for the next few weeks.
SOURCE: New York State DOT