Route 28 bridge over Esopus Creek complete

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MOUNT TREMPER – Work has been completed on a $23.6 million bridge replacement on the Route 28 bridge over the Esopus Creek in Mount Tremper.

The project used innovative and sustainable engineering practices to raise and replace the bridge, and maintain traffic flow.

The wider 800-foot bridge, replaces the 336-foot bridge build in 1966 and includes a clearance five feet higher than the original bridge, reducing the potential for flooding and minimizing the risk of bridge scour.

The larger bridge opening allows for wildlife to cross safely under it, reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions and protecting wildlife populations.

Wider shoulders have been added for bicyclists.

The project included the realignment of the Route 212 and Route 28 intersection, some 250 feet to the west.

The keep the rural aesthetics of the community, the State Department of transportation landscaped with 124 tree plantings, wildflower seeding and 300 live cuttings throughout the stream corridor.