Major construction on Twin Bridges late this summer/early fall

Twin Bridges

The state Department of Transportation announced this week that the $29 million project to replace the decks on the Twin Bridges (ahem, the Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge) will start this month.NYSDOT says traffic disruptions will be "minimal" during the summer travel season.

The heavy work -- the stuff that sounds like something more than a minimal disruption -- will start in late summer. NYSDOT says the northbound bridge will be closed for six weekends so the decks can be replaced. Traffic will be routed in both directions -- one lane each -- over what would normally be the southbound bridge. The weekend closures won't start until after Labor Day.

The work will then switch to the southbound bridge for six weekends next spring.

The Twins carry more than 100,000 vehicles each day, according to NYSDOT.

Earlier on AOA: Kosciuszk-who?

photo: Nicholas Hepler via Wikipedia (cc)

Comments

Why don't they add a lane or two while they are at it?

I know the bridges need the work, so it's a good thing they are finally getting to it. But I have to chuckle at their insistence that it won't cause any major disruption. Closing even a single lane will drop traffic speeds to a standstill. Heck, even when it rains, or a cop has stopped someone with a mile of that bridge, traffic grinds to a halt.

Plan your drives accordingly or take alternate routes. By next summer we'll have safe bridges again.

This would be the perfect opportunity to combine the bridges and create more lanes. We all know the twins are jammed up all the time, especially during holidays. If you're going to fix them, why not fix them all the way?

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