I-890 work to sustain bridge

November 20, 2017 GMT

Q: I was driving on Interstate 890 and am wondering what is going on around Exit 6?

What are the lane closures and detours for? And how long will they last?

— Jennifer Anderson, Scotia

A: Construction is under way on a $3.5 million project to rehabilitate Schenectady’s Michigan Avenue Bridge over Interstate 890.

The work is expected to preserve the service life of the bridge for another 25 years.

“Our work on Michigan Avenue over I-890 is important to Schenectady because it underscores the important role that bridges and roads play in our day-to-day lives,” said Cathy Calhoun, New York State Department of Transportation acting commissioner, “making it possible for neighborhood residents and visitors to have a safe and viable connection to get to school and work, visit loved ones, run errands and participate in the lives of our communities.”

The bridge provides a connection to the Mont Pleasant, Central State Street, Hamilton Hill and Vale city neighborhoods.

Work to replace and upgrade sidewalks approaching the bridge in both directions on Michigan Avenue is ongoing, and crews are also shoring up the concrete piers underneath.

Lane closures are expected through at least the end of the month.

Starting next spring, the DOT will replace the deck and girders to complete rehabilitation of the 1962-built bridge.

Minor work will be done at Michigan Avenue on either side to transition to the existing roadway onto the new bridge deck, along with drainage.

Sidewalk ramps compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act will be installed at the intersections of Michigan Avenue and the motor-vehicle ramps to I-890.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.

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