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Patroon Island bridge rehabilitation begins

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Construction is set to begin Monday on the Patroon Island Bridge.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the $145.8 million project will rehabilitate the Patroon Island Bridge carrying I-90 over the Hudson River between Albany and Rensselaer counties.  Construction and traffic management plans for the NY Works program meet the goals of Governor Cuomo's Drivers First initiative to ensure that construction causes the least impact to motorists.

"The Patroon Island Bridge is a major shipping route and provides commuter access to downtown Albany, providing a critical link connecting the Thruway, I-787 and the Northway," Governor Cuomo said.  "The NY Works program recognizes that it is absolutely vital for bridges such as this to remain safe and reliable, providing a backbone for local, regional and interstate economies, while creating local jobs and stimulating business activity."

The project will involve rehabilitation of the bridge and all the ramps comprising the I-90 interchange with I-787.  Most of this work will occur underneath the bridge with minimal need for lane closures on I-90.  On I-787, lanes will be shifted but not closed.

Most work will occur at night.  The six-lane bridge will maintain two lanes in one direction and one lane in the opposite direction throughout construction.

Travelers will be given advance notice of the closures and both long-distance and local traffic will be advised of alternate routes.

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