NISKAYUNA & CKIFTON PARK–Traffic began flowing both ways on the new Rexford Bridge just before 5 p.m. Friday, the state Department of Transportation announced.
The new Rexford Bridge officially open to four lanes – two in each direction – as of 4:56 pm. Roundabout in Niskayuna also open two lanes. pic.twitter.com/xWn4YbgrBT
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The bridge, which opened to one lane of southbound traffic on Wednesday, now has two lanes moving in each direction, though traffic continues to be funneled down into one lane on either side of the span over the Mohawk River.
DOT officials cautioned that the final traffic configuration for the $32.5 million bridge replacement project has yet to be completed. The project is due to be finished by the end of the year.
“Traffic heading into Rexford trims down to one lane in each direction right after you go over the bridge,” DOT spokesman Bryan Viggiani said. “That will not be the final configuration.”
Motorists should continue to watch for flaggers and construction vehicles, Viggiani said.
“This is a good milestone to open the new bridge to four lanes — which is its final motor-vehicle configuration (on the bridge),” Viggiani said in a statement.
The project is replacing the old Rexford Bridge, which carried only one lane each way. It is also widening the road on the north side of the bridge, where there have historically been bottlenecks.
The bridge carries state Route 146 between Saratoga and Schenectady counties and is a major commuter route, used by more than 22,000 vehicles per day.
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