Route 29A closure set for June in Stratford

STRATFORD — New York state Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas announced that construction has begun on a $1.4 million rehabilitation of the Route 29A bridge over East Canada Creek in the town of Stratford. Route 29A provides a vital east to west connection between Fulton and Herkimer counties and is an essential link to the Adirondack Park.  

“The Route 29A bridge is essential to the people and economy of the Adirondack region and this project will improve safety for years to come,” Karas said in a news release. “Gov. Cuomo’s continued commitment to improving transportation infrastructure is key to maintaining the safety, security, and economic success of New York state.”

 The Route 29A bridge rehabilitation project will involve replacing the current bridge deck and repairing the steel truss and concrete abutments. Upgrading the bridge rail system and installing a new sidewalk will improve safety.

 As part of Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, the project has been designed to minimize traveler inconvenience. To complete the project quickly, the bridge will be closed for 90 days, from June 1 to Aug. 31, and a signed detour will be put in place.

 Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in work zones.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license. 

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