Route 28 Bridge Replacement Begins This Spring
The Town of Shandaken is getting a new bridge on Route 28 over the Esopus Creek. The town board was shown a presentation by the New York State Department of Transportation. Their plan, calls for the replacement of the Route 28 bridge over the Esopus and Birch creeks.
New York State is funding the project with money from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. The current Route 28 bridge runs from Big Indian firehouse to where it joins Creekside Drive. The road currently is curved, but the new plan calls for the road to be straightened. Trees have already been removed just to the north of the road to make way for the new bridge. The new bridge will be wider, and will have fewer piers so water can pass easier, especially floodwaters. Also, a bicycle lane will be added.
The bridge work will begin this spring, consider this phase one. According to the New Paltz Times, the old bridge will be effected at this time. They will be building the substructure and superstructure. The second phase will happen next spring, taking the new bridge in one direction and the old bridge taken down to one lane, while road construction is done to straighten out Route 28. The entire project is expected be completed by August 2018.