FORESTPORT, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez today announced the substantial completion of a $2.2 million project that rehabilitated two key bridges along State Route 28 in the Town of Forestport, Oneida County, enhancing safety and easing travel along a vital link between the Mohawk Valley and Adirondack regions.
The project rehabilitated the spans over the Forestport Reservoir and Woodhull Road, extending the service life of both structures by 30 years. The bridges and roadway are being reopened in time for the start of the peak summer travel season, providing motorists with speedier access to such popular destinations as Old Forge, the Fulton Chain of Lakes and the City of Utica.
Launched in March of 2021, the project replaced the concrete bridge deck on the span over the Forestport Reservoir. The bridge is named in honor of Pfc. Gregory Paul Huxley Jr. of Forestport, who gave his life while serving our country during the war in Iraq.
The concrete beams and deck of the Route 28 bridge over Woodhull Road were also replaced. Additionally, new parapet walls were constructed on both structures, new guiderails were installed and the approaches to both bridges were resurfaced.
In order complete the project before the start of the peak summer travel season, the full closure of Route 28 was required. The closure allowed work to progress faster and more efficiently than with typical staged construction. Prefabricated materials were also used extensively to expedite construction.