ALBANY, N.Y. – Construction is underway across the region as weather is anticipated to begin permitting road crews the chance to get to work on several scheduled projects. Soon, work will also begin on the Patroon Island Bridge. The $146 million dollar rehabilitation project is set to begin this spring and is expected to take three years to complete, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
Throughout the construction period, the six-lane bridge that carries I-90 traffic over the Hudson River from Albany to Rensselaer County will maintain two lanes in one direction and one lane in the opposite direction during work hours. Most of that work will occur at night, with traffic crossed from one side of the bridge to the other, so as to affect traffic as little as possible. Commuters don't need to worry about how this will affect their drive during peak traffic hours, however. During the morning and afternoon rush, all six lanes will remain open.
Funded by the NY Works program, Halmar International of Clarkstown, Rockland County, will head the project, creating 130 jobs until its expected completion in the summer of 2016.
At the start of the month, the Latham Circle Bridges and the Congress Street Bridge projects began, along with the rehabilitation of Rensselaer County's I-90 bridges carrying traffic into the Town of Schodack and Exits 3B and 4 on I-787 in downtown Albany. More projects are expected to begin later this month.