Road work ahead: Where summer construction will affect travel in mid-Hudson
The highway construction season is upon the mid-Hudson, and before it’s over, roads and bridges will be repaired or replaced — long-term benefits for the short-term pains of detours and lane closings.
For the second year, the region’s marquee project is the state Department of Transportation’s $150 million reconstruction of Route 17’s Exit 131 at the confluence of Routes 32 and 6 and the Thruway in Central Valley.
Twelve miles to the west of the massive project, Legoland New York is reconfiguring Exit 125 to improve access to the theme park scheduled to open next year.
The state is also installing new intelligent transportation system equipment the length of Interstate 84, from the Pennsylvania to the Connecticut lines, to provide motorists with real-time information about traffic conditions.
By year’s end, I-84 will be sporting new signs replacing sequential exit numbers with mileage-based ones, the new standard for major highways. The switch has already occurred on the Taconic State Parkway.
The mid-Hudson’s counties, in addition, are continuing to experiment with new or improved techniques and materials to stretch the dollars in their road and bridge programs.
Sullivan County Public Works Commissioner Edward McAndrew, for example, expects to save $10,000 by using micropiles rather than conventional supports for two bridges where the substitution is practical. He’s also going to test micro-surfacing, an alternative to chip sealing that promises to hold up to higher traffic volumes.
Brendan Masterson, field operations manager for the Ulster County Department of Public Works, said he will trial cold-in-place recycling for the first time to see just how effective it is in treating deeper pavement deficiencies than its hot-in-place counterpart or other alternatives.
“You need to use the right treatment on the right road at the right time,” said Masterson about the range of “tools” in his toolbox for maintaining county roads.
In Orange County, Public Works Commissioner Erik Denega agreed, explaining every mile of county road is evaluated and ranked every year for maintenance purposes and then matched with the most appropriate tool. Next up for Denega is a trial of a new cold patch that could prove to be less labor-intensive and thus less costly.
Here’s a guide to what motorists can expect to encounter in the coming months:
Albany Post Road/Town of Montgomery: The county will close the road to replace a large culvert carrying an unnamed tributary to the Wallkill River. A detour will be posted.
Craigville Road/Town of Goshen: The county will close the road to replace two large-diameter culverts carrying an unnamed tributary to the Otter Kill and an unnamed tributary to the Cromline Creek. A detour will be posted.
Heritage Trail/Towns of Goshen, Wawayanda/City of Middletown: The county is completing an extension of the trail from the Village of Goshen to Hartley Road. Construction of another extension, from Hartley Road into Middletown, will begin later this summer.
Fleury Road/Town of Crawford: The county will close the road to replace the bridge over the Dwaar Kill. A detour will be posted.
Grove Drive/Town of Tuxedo: The county will replace the bridge over the Ramapo River. A temporary bridge will be installed to maintain two lanes of traffic. Construction will continue through the end of the year.
Route 9W/Town of Cornwall: The state will repair or replace the Willow Avenue and Angola Road bridges over the highway and the 9W bridge over Quaker Avenue.
Route 9W/Town of New Windsor: The state will rehabilitate the Blooming Grove Turnpike bridge over the highway.
Route 17A/Village of Warwick: The state is rehabilitating the bridge over Wawayanda Creek.
Route 17A/Towns of Tuxedo and Warwick: The state will repave the highway from about a mile east of Long Meadow Road to about a mile east of Old Tuxedo Road.
CR 48/Town of Crawford: The county will close the road at the county line so that Sullivan County can replace the superstructure of the bridge over the Shawangunk Kill. A detour will be posted.
Route 17/Town of Goshen: Merlin Entertainments, parent company of Legoland New York, is reconfiguring Exit 125 at South Street. Two lanes will be maintained in both directions; temporary lane closures are possible during off-peak hours.
Route 17/Village of Woodbury: The state is reconstructing Exit 131 at Route 32. Two lanes will be maintained in both directions on Route 17; temporary lane closures and shifts in traffic patterns will occur as the work progresses.
Route 32/Village and Town of Woodbury: The state will resurface the highway from between Bond Street and Timber Trail Road.
Interstate 84/Pennsylvania state line to Connecticut state line: The state is installing cameras, traffic readers and communications equipment, including variable message signs to provide real-time information about traffic conditions.
Interstate 84/Pennsylvania state line to Connecticut state line: The state is replacing the worn exit signs with larger, retro-reflective ones that boost visibility at night and in bad weather. The new signs will also have mileage-based exit numbers rather than sequential ones. Work has begun in Putnam County and will move west.
Interstate 84/Town of Newburgh: The New York State Bridge Authority is rehabilitating the bridge over Route 9W. Westbound traffic is reduced from three to two lanes through August.
Newburgh-Beacon Bridge/Town of Newburgh: The Bridge Authority will close lanes or shoulders temporarily on alternating sides of both spans to facilitate bridge washing and inspections through June. Daily lane closures will also be necessary on the north span for deck shoring through July.
Newburgh-Beacon Bridge/Town of Newburgh: The Bridge Authority will repair the steel on the pedestrian walkway on the south span. Daily shoulder closures will be necessary once work begins in August.
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Thruway/Town of Newburgh: The Thruway Authority has shifted traffic to the new bridge that carries the southbound on and off ramps over the Thruway within the Newburgh exit and begun dismantling the old bridge. Reconstruction of the southbound ramps and a portion of the northbound ones is continuing. Temporary lane closures are possible.
Bear Mountain Bridge/Town of Highlands: The Bridge Authority will close alternating shoulders to facilitate bridge washing through June.
Multiple locations: The county will repave or surface treat approximately 18 miles of county roads.
Route 52/Town and Village of Liberty: The state is completing the resurfacing of a one-mile stretch of the highway.
Townsend Road/Town of Liberty: The county will replace the bridge over Krom Hollow. A detour will be posted.
Route 42/Towns of Thompson and Forestburg: The state will repave the highway from the Orange County line to the Village of Monticello. Temporary lane closures are possible.
Route 17B/Towns of Thompson and Bethel: The state will replace the bridge over the Mongaup River and the nearby culvert over Creamery Brook. Work on the culvert has been scheduled to avoid impacting summer tourism traffic. The state will build a temporary detour through the summer and switch traffic to it after Labor Day.
Hunter Road/Town of Neversink: The county will replace the bridge over the Neversink River. A temporary bridge will be used to carry traffic.
Haven Road/Town of Mamakating: The county will close the road to replace County Bridge 183 over the Bashakill. A detour will be posted.
David Rhodes Road/Town of Mamakating: The county will replace the bridge over Pine Kill. A temporary bridge is in place.
Pine Kill Road/Town of Mamakating: The county will replace the bridge over the Pine Kill. A detour is in place.
Gumaer Falls Road/Town of Mamakating: The county will replace the bridge over Gumaer Brook. A temporary bridge will be used to carry traffic.
Hamilton Road/Town of Mamakating: The county will replace the superstructure of the bridge over the Shawangunk Kill. A detour will be posted. In cooperation, Orange County has closed County Road 48 in the Town of Crawford on the other side of the bridge.
Crystal Lake Road/Town of Tusten: The county will replace the bridge over the inlet to Fox Lake. A detour will be posted.
Route 97/Town of Tusten: The state is replacing the bridge over Ten Mile River. A temporary bridge will be used to carry traffic while the old bridge is demolished and a new one built in its place.
Route 97, Town of Tusten: The state will resurface the road between Minisink Ford and Narrowsburg.
Multiple locations: The county will repair and pave 26 miles of county roads and surface treat another 26 miles.
Wyncoop Road/Town of Hurley: The county will reconstruct the road to include 3-foot asphalt shoulders to better accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. Temporary lane closures are planned.
Old Tongore Road/Town of Marbletown: The county will close the road to perform a slope-stabilization project. A detour will be posted.
Dewitt Lake Road/Town of Rosendale: The county will undertake a slope-stabilization project on the road. Temporary lane closures are planned.
Route 299/Village and Town of New Paltz/Town of Lloyd: The state is completing an extension of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail between South Street and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.
Mid-Hudson Bridge/Town of Lloyd: The Bridge Authority will close one of the bridge’s three lanes periodically through June to facilitate bridge washing.
Route 9W/Town of Saugerties: The state will rehabilitate the bridge over the CSX tracks.
Route 44/Town of Gardiner: The state will resurface the highway between Route 299 and about a mile west of the Minnewaska State Park entrance.
Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge/Town of Ulster: The Bridge Authority will close shoulders on alternate sides of the bridge to facilitate bridge washing through June. Shoulders on the south side will be closed regularly starting in July for construction of the Empire State Trail across the bridge and on both approaches. A concrete barrier will be installed to separate traffic and the 4-foot walkway.
Thruway/Town of Saugerties: The Thruway Authority is completing rehabilitation of the bridge over Canoe Hill Road.
Thruway/Town of Rosendale: The Thruway Authority is completing rehabilitation of the bridge over the Rondout Creek.
Thruway/Town of Plattekill: The Thruway Authority is repairing joints in the Freetown Road bridge over the highway.
Multiple locations: The county will reconstruct or resurface 26 miles of county roads and apply oil and chip to another 24 miles. Some 1,200 worn road signs will be replaced with retro-reflective ones.
Thruway/Town of Ramapo: The Thruway Authority will continue installing new safety features between the exits for the Garden State Parkway Connector and Interstate 287/Route 17S as well as along the connector. Work on the Thruway is being done between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and on the connector, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays.
Thruway/Village of South Nyack: The Thruway Authority is continuing construction of the 3.6-mile shared-use bicycle and pedestrian path on the north side of the westbound span of the new Tappan Zee Bridge as well as related facilities where the path lands on either side of the river. Occasional off-peak or overnight lane closures may be required.
Route 59/Towns of Ramapo and Clarkstown: The state is installing new sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian signals as well as adjusting traffic-signal timing along the corridor. Temporary traffic patterns will shift as work progresses.
Interstate 84/Town of Fishkill: The state is replacing the east- and westbound bridges over the Metro-North Railroad tracks at the Route 52 exit (Exit 12). Traffic will be maintained in both directions but temporary lane and ramp closures are expected.