The state Department of Transportation is planning “the first overall rehabilitation” of the Collar City Bridge since it opened in 1981, a spokesperson told The Alt via email.
DOT expects to seek bids this fall “with the goal of beginning work in 2019,” spokesperson Bryan Viggiani said.
The bridge, which carries Route 7 over the Hudson River, remains safe for everyday travel, but the new work “will prolong the service life of the bridge and lessen the need for more extensive work in the future,” Viggiani said. “Design is still being finalized for this new work, but we anticipate that it will include repair or replacements to the bearings, and rehabilitation of the bridge deck.”
The work follows concrete repairs made to the bridge’s piers and abutments last year. Some of the structure’s joints were replaced in 1997.
A traffic plan “is still being developed, as is cost,” Viggiani said.
The Alt also reported today that the city is preparing to study the area around and including Hoosick St., which connects to the bridge.
An estimated 55,960 vehicles travel across the Collar City Bridge each day on average, according to DOT.