GREENWICH — The state has agreed to modify its plans to replace the Battenkill Bridge over Route 29 in response to concerns from emergency personnel and the public.
Traffic will be limited to a single alternating lane during the construction, which is scheduled to end in December.
Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, D-Round Lake, said in a news release that in response to concerns from local officials, emergency medical service professionals and constituents about public safety, the Middle Falls Fire Department and the Easton-Greenwich Rescue Squad will be provided the capability to switch the alternating one-way signal system to all red status, enabling their vehicles to exit the firehouse and cross the bridge unimpeded.
“I want to thank DOT for being responsive to the needs and concerns of our communities,” Woerner said in a news release.
In addition, DOT spokesman Bryan Viggiani said that in response to public feedback, the department has agreed to add a 5-foot wide sidewalk on the west side of the new bridge, which will extend north one-tenth of a mile along Route 29 to the intersection of Fiddlers Elbow Road. The bridge will also have a 14-foot wide lane on the west side and an 11-foot wide travel lane with an 8-foot wide shoulder on the east side.
The current bridge has been listed as “deficient” in DOT inspections.
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