By Mark Gerlach
The Lake Road Bridge over Metro-North’s Port Jervis Line in the Beaver Dam Lake section of New Windsor is slated to be replaced. Work is scheduled to begin in spring 2019.
There’s been a temporary, pre-fabricated, replacement bridge in that location since about the late ’80s. It now needs to be replaced, professionals say.
Work is expected to wrap up in one construction season, according to an informational meeting about the project during New Windsor’s monthly town board meeting on Sept. 7. Representatives from design firm Clark Patterson Lee, including Principal Matthew Smullen, gave a presentation at the meeting.
The current bridge is not dangerous, and is inspected every two years by the state Department of Transportation, according to Smullen. The safety concerns involve the vertical alignment and the width of the bridge.
The new bridge will include safety improvements, better vertical alignment where the bridges blends into the roadway, and the shoulders will be about two feet wider on either side (from 1-foot to 3-foot shoulders), among other enhancements. The road lanes are approximately 10-feet wide, and will remain about the same size.
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