During a bridge inspection, NYSDOT reviewed the bridge carrying Route 2 over the Poesten Kill in the Town of Brunswick. Built in 1923, the bridge was exhibiting increased concrete deterioration and poor structure condition. Due to its condition and non-standard bridge width, NYSDOT recommended a complete bridge replacement.
The goal was to restore the bridge condition to “5” or greater for at least 50 years and to provide a structure with improved geometric features. A collaborative decision was made by NYSDOT, the Town of Brunswick and the residents of the community. A BEBO® Arch structure was chosen to meet the bridge criteria, minimize adverse environmental effects on the land and maintain the historical character of the project area. The project marks the first twin leaf BEBO® Arch structure approved and utilized by NYSDOT.
After evaluating several construction alternatives, NYSDOT elected to replace the bridge in phases. During Phase 1, two lanes of traffic were maintained on the existing bridge while half of the new bridge was installed. In Phase 2, traffic was shifted onto the new bridge, utilizing one-way traffic. General Contractor Harrison & Burrowes installed the bridge during the summer with an accelerated schedule.
Additional road work included realignment of the road, new high visibility cross walks and new lighting. Retaining walls were also added at various locations to minimize impacts to adjacent properties.