Utica, N.Y.— Drivers headed up north, will have to take a detour in Forestport as Route 28 bridge over the Forestport reservoir and Woodhull Road has been temporarily closed for construction.
“Right now we do have a detour that we are asking people to follow,” Jim Piccola, New York State Department of Transporation Region 2 Public Information Officer said. “It goes up to the south of Boonville where you would take Woodgate Drive and that would take you up to Woodgate, it’s about a 15.7-mile detour but in the scheme of things if you had to travel Route 28 it’s just about 7 miles and it doesn’t take people that long.”
The New York State Department of Transportation announced last week that they would be rehabilitating two bridges along Route 28 in the town of Forestport, to improve mobility and safety. The $2.2 million project will replace existing concrete decks of the bridges, add new concrete barriers, and guide rails, also, the pavement in between the two structures will be resurfaced and new gutters will be added.
“When we were looking at you know how to do the work, if we had to do what they call stage construction and do alternating one-way traffic especially during the summer when people are trying to get up to their camps, get up to the Adirondacks this process would have taken us right through the fall,” Piccola explained. “We’re hoping to shut this down now, do the work on the bridges and have that open by the fourth of July weekend so folks can enjoy their camps.”
The bridges are expected to reopen in July and the remaining work is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.