Commuters should be prepared for delays and alternate lane traffic on New Hamburg Road as work begins Monday, March 6 to rebuild the Wappinger Creek bridge.
The Dutchess County Department of Public Works said the bridge, which services the New Hamburg train station, is in need of repair due to the condition of the bridge deck and portions of steel elements.
The construction will be completed in two phases, allowing for the continued flow of traffic using a one-lane alternating traffic pattern controlled by a temporary traffic signal, officials said.
Message boards will be positioned next week on either side of the bridge altering motorists to the change in traffic pattern.
The alternating traffic pattern is expected to begin on March 13. The first phase of the repair project will direct traffic to the westbound lane of the bridge and phase two to the eastbound lane.
Construction is slated to be completed this fall. Occasional overnight closures of the bridge may be necessary and a detour route will be posted. New Hamburg Road averages more than 5,800 vehicles per day.
Work will include 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.
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.