The replacement of an often-traveled Dutchess County bridge is should begin next week. Traffic and additional drive time is expected until the fall.

Starting the week of May 8, work is expected to begin to replace Bridge RH-25 on Broadway (CR 78) in the Village of Tivoli.

The bridge over Stony Creek was first built in 1929 and is in need of replacement due to structural deficiencies, officials say.

According to the Dutchess County Department of Public Works, the project includes the replacement of the existing bridge and abutments, the creation of a 5-foot sidewalk on the north side of the bridge, widened travel lanes and shoulders and the installation of new stone parapet with lighting that will incorporate key stones of local significance from the existing wall.

The projected is expected to last all summer, with the new bridge opening by early fall.

Broadway in Tivoli will remain closed for the duration of the project and a detour route will be posted. A photo of the detour route can be seen above. There will be no pedestrian access across the creek during construction.

Drivers are advised to plan for additional travel time and to exercise extra caution on the detour route. Motorist should also remember to obey the posted speed limits, traffic advisory signs and the directions from flaggers in the work zone to ensure the safety of workers and other motorists.

The bridge averages approximately 2,200 vehicles per day, officials say.

For more information, please contact the Dutchess County Department of Public Works’ Engineering Division at (845) 486-2925.

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