Saturday, August 6, 2022

Lake George bridges on Northway slated for replacement

warren county lake george bridges on the Northway

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that a $21.1 million project is underway to replace the bridges carrying the northbound and southbound lanes of the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) over U.S. Route 9 in the Town of Lake George, Warren County. The two-year project will replace the twin spans located between Exits 22 and 23 with a single structure that will enhance safety and improve travel and resiliency along a vital artery for the flow of people and commerce in the North Country and Adirondacks. The new bridge will be constructed between the two existing bridges and will have an expected lifespan of 75 years, helping to ensure that this essential north-south route remains open and accessible for decades to come.

The new bridge will be a 323-foot-long, two-span, steel multi-girder bridge with a concrete deck. It will have a vertical clearance of a minimum of 49-feet-6 inches above U.S. Route 9.

Constructing the new bridge between the existing structures will allow two out of the three travel lanes in each direction to be maintained during most of the project, although additional, periodic lane reductions may be necessary at times. In spring 2023, northbound traffic will be shifted onto the new structure and the existing northbound bridge will be demolished so that the remainder of the new bridge can be constructed in that footprint. Southbound Northway traffic will then be shifted onto the new bridge at the project’s completion in summer 2024.

While work is underway on the Northway, the speed limit on the Interstate has been reduced to 55 mph approaching and within the work zone, and motorists are urged to move over, merge early, slow down and drive responsibly. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.

Traffic on U.S. Route 9 underneath the bridges has also been reduced to a single alternating lane controlled by traffic signals.

For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit www.511NY.org or download the free 511NY mobile app.

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