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Congress Street Bridge construction begins again

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Construction will resume April 1 on the Congress Street Bridge carrying Route 2 over Interstate 787 and the Hudson River between Troy, Rensselaer County and Watervliet, Albany County. 

The project is funded through the NY Works program and meets the goals of the Drivers First initiative to ensure that construction causes the least impact to motorists.

"The NY Works program continues to strengthen infrastructure across the state and create jobs," Governor Cuomo said. "Rehabilitating this bridge in the Capital District will allow the bridge to last longer, improve safety for drivers, and save taxpayers money in the long run."

Beginning on April 1, one lane in each direction will be closed to traffic.  One sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians through the duration of the project.  A signed detour will be installed for truck traffic, directing them to use the Green Island Bridge between Green Island and Troy.

Work on the portion of bridge over I-787 took place last year, and work on the portion of bridge over the Hudson River will take place this year.  The project also includes steel and concrete repairs.  Construction is expected to be completed this fall.

Work on the Congress Street Bridge is part of a $19.9 million contract to replace the bridge decks on 11 structures in the Capital District through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's NY Works program. 

The plan for the Congress Street Bridge to remain open with reduced travel lanes during construction was established as part of the Drivers First initiative, which requires that capital road and bridge construction projects are reviewed to ensure that work has the least impact possible on highway users. 

The construction contractor is Bette & Cring of Latham, Albany County.

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