New York State Department of Transportation crews are set to begin work in earnest on a multi-million dollar bridge replacement project on I-84 in Dutchess County.
New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul Karas announced on Wednesday that construction has kicked off on a $15.8 million project to remove and replace the eastbound and westbound bridges carrying I-84 over the Metro-North Railroad lines in Fishkill.
According to the NYSDOT, “keeping I-84 in good condition enables trucks and commerce to proceed without impediment in the Hudson Valley region.” The project is expected to last through the end of 2019.
The old three-span bridges, originally built in 1963, will be replaced with a single, continuous span bridge that is expected to improve traffic flow and operations. Officials said “the bridge will improve the horizontal and vertical clearance over the railroad line ensuring it meets current bridge height requirements over the railroad tracks.”
Along with the new bridge, the eastbound Exit 12 on-ramp and the westbound Exit 12 off-ramp will be raised to adjust the vertical clearance over the railroad, and the I-84 deceleration lane to the off-ramp will be lengthened. Pavement, guardrails, signs, and pavement markings within the scope of the project will also be replaced.
Officials said that any lane or ramp closures will be announced in advance. Construction on the bridge is not expected to impact the Metro-North line.
“Replacing the aging bridges over the Metro-North Beacon Rail line on I-84 with modern new structures ensures this important interstate highway will remain safe and efficient for the more than 50,000 freight, commercial, and passenger vehicles who use it daily,” Karas said. “(New York Gov. Andrew) Cuomo is committed to improving New York State’s infrastructure so it will remain safe and functional for generations to come.”
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