Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Western Gateway Bridge Construction–Single Lane Traffic

From the Village of Scotia:

The Western Gateway Bridge will be having the entire deck replaced this year. Work is scheduled to begin October 23, and the entire project is expected to take more than 12 months to complete. During construction traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. This should result in a significant slowing of traffic across the bridge and it is recommended that alternate routes be used when possible.

The Village was informed of the construction schedule only today, so further information will be forthcoming as we receive it. Please do not call Village Hall, this is a New York State DOT project and we do not have any information other than what is in this email.

Mayor Kris Kastberg
Village of Scotia

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More information will become available from New York State on their website
https://www.dot.ny.gov/news/traveler-advisories/2012 and 511NY.  The 511NY is a service that provides real-time traffic alert via E-mail, Facebook( https://www.facebook.com/511NY ) and Twitter ( @511nyAlbany )


Anonymous Scotia Resident said...

Why in the world would the construction of the Scotia Bridge insert a “Berlin wall” for side rails which now blocks off one of the best views that the region has to offer? Scotia is a beautiful area and the river and islands and senic view offered a perfect vista for people entering and leaving the village. Now all that is hidden forever.

5:01 AM  
Anonymous Keith Dayer, Stockade said...

I was also surprised that the design called for such an ugly, unimaginative design. I don't suppose it does anything to strengthen the bridge, either. One could argue that pedestrians and bicyclists will still get a view, and that motorists should keep their eyes on the road. At least you guys have Jumpin Jacks and the Park, and we in the Stockade have Riverfront Park for our view. One possible advantage to having that concrete barrier could be noise abatement for residents. Time will tell. For now it's the sound of jackhammers all day, drowning out traffic noises...

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new wall on the side of the bridge will make a nice place for the kids to walk up on (until they fall).

1:20 PM  

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