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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