Mount Tremper Route 28 Bridge Replacement Project Takes Shape

Posted on: April 30th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
Land clearing for the new Route 28 Bridge in Mount Tremper begins. Photo by A. Bennett.

Land clear­ing for the new Route 28 Bridge in Mount Trem­per begins. Photo by A. Bennett.

 

If you’ve been through Mount Trem­per recently you may have noticed some major changes includ­ing a lot of land clear­ing and grad­ing. The rea­son for this is that the New York State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (NYSDOT) is prepar­ing to replace the Route 28 Bridge across the Eso­pus Creek. The new bridge will be con­structed just down­stream of the cur­rent bridge and will have a higher and much longer span. This will allow more water to pass beneath it dur­ing a flood and help pre­vent a backup of water from flood­ing the nearby area. Dur­ing Trop­i­cal Storm Irene in 2011, flood waters tem­porar­ily pre­vented traf­fic from cross­ing the bridge as well as adja­cent State Route 212. Route 28 will also be slightly realigned to match the approach to the new bridge.

There will be even more changes in Mount Trem­per. Since 2011, sev­eral prop­er­ties there have been acquired through fed­eral, state, and city acqui­si­tion pro­grams. NYSDOT will be using por­tions of these bought-out prop­er­ties to realign and raise Route 212. In addi­tion, the exist­ing berm, which is no longer needed to help pro­tect homes, is being removed and the mate­r­ial from it will be used to ele­vate the road. With­out the berm, flood­wa­ters will now be able to bet­ter access the flood­plain, and when cou­pled with the larger bridge, flood ele­va­tions dur­ing the 100-Year Flood are expected to decrease by 6.8 feet at the bridge. Later this year, the Mount Pleas­ant Bridge, which has been closed to traf­fic for decades, will be removed which will fur­ther reduce flood risk for the area. Dur­ing the con­struc­tion of all these projects, Mount Trem­per res­i­dents will be tem­porar­ily get­ting their mail from the Boiceville Post Office.

We’ll be cov­er­ing the progress of this project through­out the year so check back reg­u­larly for more updates. Be sure to check out our Face­book, Twit­ter, and Insta­gram pages for more photos.

Land is being cleared to prepare for the new Route 28 Bridge in Mount Tremper. Photo by A. Bennett.

Land is being cleared to pre­pare for the new Route 28 Bridge in Mount Trem­per. Photo by A. Bennett.

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