Newburgh Bracing For Partial Route 52 Closure
By Mark Gerlach
Part of Route 52 in the Town of Newburgh will shut down in the coming months for a bridge replacement. The closure is expected to impact numerous residents, as slightly more than 11,000 vehicles travel the stretch of road daily.
Winona Avenue to Edgewood Drive is set to close around May 9, so a temporary bridge can be installed. Winona Avenue will only be open to local traffic during the construction. Part of Route 52 will shut down in either late May, or early June. Work is expected to wrap up at the end of October. During the Route 52 closure, traffic will be detoured to a temporary bridge.
The temporary bridge is primarily for cars. There will be a separate detour for trucks via Interstate 84 and Route 300. Schools busses and emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, can navigate through the construction site. Flyers and postcards will be sent to area residents alerting them of the construction. Work will be conducted during the day.
The Route 52 bridge, which crosses over the Quassaick Creek, was built in the 1930s, Paul Tirums, a state Department of Transportation project manager, said. The area under the bridge is prone to “scour,” or the removal of sediment around the bridge’s abutments during flood conditions making it unstable, Tirums said at an informational meeting at Newburgh Town Hall Tuesday night.
“The bridge has a lot of wear and tear on it,” Tirums said.
For the complete story see the Friday, April 29 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post.