95-year-old bridge gets replaced, former bridge to be demolished
Residents on Niska Isle don't have to worry about losing access to the surrounding area as the newly constructed bridge is completed ahead of schedule.
New York State Department of Transportation officials announced the new Ferry Road Bridge over the Mohawk River Backchannel in Niskayuna was completed early November, ahead of the Nov. 30 deadline and residents have been enjoying access on the new bridge.
The old bridge was built in 1915 and it just had reached the end of its useful life, said Richard Filkins, design project manager for NYSDOT. "I don't think there are a lot of other bridges quite as old as this one."
In February, the $4.9 million project began, but now that the bridge is constructed the final steps of the project will continue through June. The old bridge is planned to be demolished during the winter months and the wetland mitigation areas will be created in the spring.
"The old bridge would have failed at some point and then we would have had to deal with finding a way to people getting back and forth from property," said Filkins.
Mary E. Ivey, regional director for NYSDOT, shared his concern about residents getting cut off outlaying areas.
"I am committed to maintaining and upgrading the transportation infrastructure of the Capital District with bridges such as this, which provides a safe and reliable crossing for motorists and emergency vehicles and ensures that residents can continue to get the essential goods and services they rely on," said Ivey in a prepared statement.
The former aging one-lane bridge was replaced with a 14-foot wide one-lane bridge built to the east of the old structure. James H. Maloy, Inc., of Albany, was contracted to construct the bridge, which is a four-span conventional girder bridge. Construction Supervisor Michael Gray for NYSDOT said roughly 1,000 cubic meters of concrete and 441,000 pounds of steel were used to construct the bridge.