State DOT Announces Opening of New Prattsville Bridge
Old Bridge Damaged in Hurricane Irene; New Bridge Wider to Help Prevent Future Flooding
New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas announced that the first cars are rolling across the new Prattsville Bridge today, contributing to the comeback of the town of Prattsville, Greene County from the ravages of Hurricane Irene in 2011. The bridge carrying Route 23 over the Schoharie Creek is expected to be fully open this year as part of a $13 million project. One lane is now open with alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers and signals.
“Hurricane Irene heavily damaged Prattsville, but like all New Yorkers, the people of Prattsville are resilient and strong and know how to come back,” Acting Commissioner Karas said. “This new bridge is now part of the inspiring story of a community that has continued to rebuild after the flooding and destruction of that extreme storm and is proof that you can never count New Yorkers out.”
The Prattsville Bridge over the Schoharie Creek, which was built in 1927, was heavily damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011. The bridge is a main artery for the town.
Non-explosive demolition of the old bridge will begin shortly and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Continuing work also includes guiderail installation on the new bridge, which will occur behind temporary concrete barriers, and construction on bridge abutments.
The bridge is expected to fully open by the end of the year, once the guiderail is installed and the old bridge is removed. Finishing work will occur in the spring, including final paving, tree planting and additional landscaping.
The new bridge has been built adjacent to and downstream of the existing bridge and is approximately 4.5 feet higher. The new bridge features a wider opening underneath the bridge, providing for greater stream flow capacity to prevent future flooding. The new bridge has wider shoulders and includes a sidewalk. The bridge contains all U.S. steel.