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Construction on Kings Road Schenectady-Rotterdam bridge set to commence next week


Schenectady’s Kings Road Bridge to Undergo Full Replacement

SCHENECTADY – ‌Exciting news for ‌the residents of Schenectady as the city prepares to ⁤launch a long-planned‌ full replacement ‌of the aging Kings Road Bridge. The bridge, which⁢ was⁢ built in 1960 and most recently ‍renovated‌ in 1992, will be closed through the summer as the city completes a replacement project for the current​ span, which ⁢was deemed structurally deficient‌ in 2017.

The Schenectady City Council approved a $5.3 million bid from Winn Construction Services of Waterford ⁢for⁢ the replacement project in May, with the city set to⁤ receive up ‌to 95% federal reimbursement for the construction work.

Electronic signs have been posted north and south of the bridge⁤ on Kings Road informing the public that the bridge will be shuttered Monday. Motorists will‌ be rerouted to detours along Highbridge Road in Rotterdam, Albany Street, Route 7, and ‍Interstate 890 while the bridge work is ongoing.

Residents’ Concerns Addressed

Woodlawn ⁤residents Kevin ‌Brown and Tracey Collins raised⁣ the alarm about speeding issues along Kings Road at city ‍council meetings throughout 2023. In response to the residents’ ‍concerns, the city recently installed crosswalks across Kings Road and Philomena Boulevard, as well as flashing lights across the‌ Kings Road crosswalk that can be activated by ⁤pedestrians ⁣via a button on each ​side of⁢ the roadway.

The city has also ‍installed a ‍metal guardrail outside Collins’ property to protect the home from‌ wayward vehicles. Collins said Tuesday ​that the‍ measures the city ‌has implemented so far have contributed⁤ to slowing​ down cars on Kings Road, with the resident expecting‍ that ‌the upcoming bridge closure will also help reduce the amount of speeding drivers on the road.

“We’re hoping with the bridge being closed that it will slow down‌ the traffic even more,” Collins said. “We’ve still got speeding on the road, but ⁣it seems to be improving. Things have been much better.”

Collins had previously installed a series of large boulders on his lawn to prevent‍ his home from being struck ⁤by a car. “We’re ‌hoping, come spring, that if we‌ see improvement with the guardrail that we can slowly remove⁣ them,” Collins said of the boulders. “That’s⁤ my goal, ⁢come spring.”

City Council’s ‍Response

Collins and Brown have requested on​ multiple occasions for the city⁤ to install additional stop signs or lower the speed limit⁢ along Kings Road. The city​ council ‍has ⁣weighed the possibility‍ of lowering the speed​ limit along Kings Road from 30 mph down to 25 mph, with a city traffic study from traffic engineer Fred Mastroianni in September recommending that the ⁤speed limit not be lowered on ⁢the road.

Rafael Torres
Rafael Torres
Rafael Torres, a native of Schenectady, has returned to his hometown after several years of reporting in the Midwest. A graduate of Missouri School of Journalism, Alex is known for his empathetic approach to local news, covering everything from community events to local governance, always with an aim to bridge diverse perspectives.
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