REXFORD — The new Rexford Bridge, though still under construction, carried its first passenger cars — southbound traffic only — on Wednesday.</p>
The new span opened in the southbound direction only, according to state officials.</p>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who issued a prepared statement about the opening, called Wednesday’s development a “key milestone” in the $32.5 million effort to build a new Route 146 crossing over the Mohawk River between the towns of Clifton Park and Niskayuna.
Four lanes of traffic — two in each direction — were expected to begin using the new bridge by the end of the week, depending on how weather impacts efforts to open the bridge, according to the Governor’s office. The old bridge only carried one lane in each direction.
The bridge also includes a separated shared use path for pedestrians and bicyclists, which will open shortly after traffic begins using the new bridge in both directions. The shared use path will establish a connection between Riverview Road in Rexford and the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail in Niskayuna at East Street.
Work began in late 2015 on the new bridge, which is being built directly to the west of the existing structure. Approximately 22,000 vehicles use the Rexford crossing daily.
Work will continue on the Rexford project after traffic begins using the new bridge. This includes final paving of the roundabout, shoulder work, landscaping and removal of the old bridge. Remaining work is on schedule to be completed by the year’s end.
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