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Construction on New Hartford bridge complete

By SPENCER DAVIDSON

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - The New York State Department of Transportation announced the completion of construction on the NYS Route 8 bridge in New Hartford, Thursday.

The bridge carries traffic over the New York Susquehanna and Western Railroad, and overlooks New Hartford High School for vehicles traveling northbound.

Construction on the bridge began in June 2012, as part of a $17.4 million contract to replace 13 bridge decks across 3 counties in the Mohawk Valley.

The work was funded through the NY Works program, which works to keep bridges in good working condition to extend their service life. The 1.5 year project focused on rehabilitating the bridge so that it could guard against the need for more costly, in-depth construction at a later date.

For over a year, local drivers were confined to a single lane at different times either way on Rt. 8. in order to help the progress of construction. However, the NYSDOT has announced that all lanes will be back up and opened to traffic by Friday evening, September 13.

 

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