UTICA, N.Y. – Construction started this week on the Route 8 bridge replacement, two years after the project was announced by the New York State Department of Transportation.
The bridge, which was built in 1960, goes over the Arterial, connecting Utica and New Hartford. Through the nearly $12 million project, the structure will be replaced with a newer, safer multi-girder bridge.
“The replacement of this bridge, which is part of a vital corridor that runs through Oneida County, will help ensure people and goods can stay on the move in and out of the Mohawk Valley,” said Marie Therese Dominguez, commissioner of the NYSDOT. “This project in the City of Utica demonstrates the Department of Transportation’s commitment to that mission and to building a more resilient transportation network that meets the needs of all New Yorkers.”
The new two-span bridge will have a vertical clearance of over 16 feet, with new signs and lighting. Nearby ramps to and from Route 8 will also be resurfaced as part of the project.