AMSTERDAM — The Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam has already begun to show signs of wear — less than a year after it officially opened.
Visitors to the bridge, which debuted in August, might notice the blue-gray concrete walls on either side of the walking path are streaked with white stains that trickle down to the surface of the bridge.
Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa said city officials weren’t sure why the paint is streaking, but they are working on a solution.
“This is a known problem; I don’t know if it’s cracks in the paint or in the cement where the line comes out of the cement and breaks the paint,” Villa said. “I know that our engineer has made the suggestion of trying to clean it with vinegar to get the stains off, but eventually we’ll have to repaint it.”
City engineer Richard Miller did not return a request for comment.
Villa said city officials have noticed the problem occurring over the past year.
“It’s been going on for quite some time now. In talking to some of the people that did the work on the bridge, I don’t know what options there are other than painting it every year,” he said. “I’m assuming there has to be a reason it’s bleeding through like that and not holding up. If there’s a permanent fix, I don’t know of it right now.”
The bridge was built by Kubricky Construction of Wilton. Representatives of the company did not return a request for comment.
The New York Power Authority, which took over the state Canal Corp. (the lead agency on the MVGO) in January, also would not comment.
Villa said he…
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