Despite a frigid and snowy winter, the Patterson Bridge is on still on schedule to be open by Memorial Day, according to the state Department of Transportation.
CORNING | Despite a frigid and snowy winter, the Patterson Bridge is on still on schedule to be open by Memorial Day, according to the state Department of Transportation.
“Certainly production goes down when the temperature goes down, but we’ve fought through some cold weather to get the substructure completed this winter,” said Andrew Bertch, engineer in charge of the Patterson Bridge project for the DOT.
The bridge carries State Route 352 over the Chemung River.
The $19.4 million project, which began in August 2013, was part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY Works initiative, which accelerated funding for infrastructure upgrades to help stimulate the state’s economy.
Within 75 days of the bridge’s closure, the demolition of the bridge as well as footers and piers of the new bridge had been completed.
With the bridge’s substructure completed and steel girders set, pouring the concrete for the bridge deck - dependent on warmer weather - is the next major phase.
“We can pour at 45 degrees and we have to maintain that temperature for 14 curing days for each pour,” Bertch said. “Hopefully we’ll start pouring bridge decks somewhere around the 10th of April, and once they’re complete, then the barrier and approach work and we’ll have it open.”
Though the new, four-lane bridge will be able to carry traffic between Riverside and downtown Corning beginning in late May, its final completion date is September 2014. The bridge is expected to last 70 years with regular maintenance, according to the DOT.