Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Department of Public Works has announced work is expected to begin the week of March 6 to rehabilitate Bridge PO-15X on New Hamburg Road (CR 28) in the Town of Wappinger.

The bridge, located over the Wappinger Creek, services the New Hamburg train station and is in need of repair due to the condition of the bridge deck and portions of steel elements.

Project work includes the replacement of sections of deteriorated steel, bearings, bridge deck and rail, and minor repairs to the bridge abutments. As part of the project, existing shoulders on the bridge will be expanded to create 4-foot shoulders.

Bridge construction will be completed in two phases, allowing for the continued flow of traffic through the use of a one-lane alternating traffic pattern controlled by a temporary traffic signal.

The one-lane alternating traffic pattern is expected to begin on or about March 13. Message boards will be positioned next week on either side of the bridge altering motorists to the change in traffic pattern. The first phase of the repair project will maintain traffic in the westbound lane of the bridge and phase two will maintain traffic in the eastbound lane.

In 2015, temporary repair work on the bridge was completed to fix a small section of deteriorated steel following a New York State Department of Transportation inspection, revealing severe deterioration of the bridge’s structural beams in one location.

It is anticipated the bridge will reopen to traffic in the fall. Occasional overnight closures of the bridge may be necessary and a detour route will be posted.

New Hamburg Road averages approximately 5,800 vehicles per day.

For more information, please contact the Dutchess County Department of Public Works’ Engineering Division at (845) 486-2925.

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