Work on $28.9 Million Pudding Street Bridge Comes to a Close

J.M. Lesinski

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With summer’s end not too far ahead, statewide construction projects are wrapping up before the imminent fall and winter weather becomes too problematic. Just prior to his announcement of his resignation, soon to be Ex-New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the completion of work on the $28.9 million Taconic State Parkway bridge project in Putnam Valley.

"The enhancements over the Taconic State Parkway will make it easier for motorists in Putnam Valley to reach their destinations more quickly and safely than ever before," remarked Cuomo of the bridge’s completion. "As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across New York, the dedicated workers on this project continued to come to work and completed the job on time and on budget, maintaining the historic integrity of the Taconic State Parkway and advancing our commitment to meet the transportation needs of local communities."

The completion of the Pudding Street Bridge marks a new standard in green construction for New York state, as the project used a hybridized blend of sustainable modern engineering practices to realign the Parkway and eliminate the at-grade crossing.

"All across New York, the Department of Transportation is building resilient infrastructure like roads and bridges in cooperation with the local communities that depend on them,” Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez mentioned of the bridge’s completion. “The new Pudding Street interchange is more than just an innovative transportation project; it is a common sense solution to a transportation need identified by the local community. The end result is not only aesthetically appealing, but enhances safety for the motorists and school buses who utilize this facility every day to get to work, go to school and enjoy recreational opportunities in and around the Hudson Valley."

Included in the on-site recycling techniques used in construction was the reuse of local rock material. As large rock blasts were employed in the construction process for repurposing the roadway, the smaller rock and stone material that came about as a result of the blasting was then reused as stone fill, subbase, and backfill.

"The construction crews working alongside New York State Department of Transportation should be commended for the outstanding work they have done in completing the Pudding Street Overpass at the Taconic State Parkway in the Town of Putnam Valley,” Putnam County Sheriff Robert Langley remarked of the bridge’s completion. “This overpass has made crossing the parkway safer for everyone, especially the school busses that have to cross the parkway with our children throughout the school year. Thank you to everyone who made this vision a reality."

Keeping with the parkway’s historic status, aesthetic features similar to existing bridges on the Taconic State Parkway were included in the design, such as decorative fencing, concrete structural elements with recessed decoration, and a steel component appearance.

"Decades in the making, the completion of the Pudding Street Overpass is a tremendous win for the local community and every driver who travels this stretch of the Taconic,” commented New York State Senator Susan Serino of the bridge’s completion. “Today's announcement is an incredible example of all that can be accomplished when committed partners at every level come together to make a real difference, and I am immensely proud to have helped get this critical project over the finish line. I thank all of the local residents and officials whose persistence helped to drive this project, and to team at the Department of Transportation for all that they have done to engage the community and complete the project on time and as promised."

Also included in the project was an improved drainage system installation, to better suit drivers and pedestrians alike on the bridge. As part of the project, certain wetlands were relocated within the perimeter of the bridge area.

"The Pudding Street Bridge is an essential infrastructure project for the residents of Putnam County and New York,” New York State Assembly Member Kevin Byrne stated of the bridge’s completion. “We've heard politicians and bureaucrats talk about this project for decades. Witnessing the completion of this critical project is no small feat. Members of the community and local officials have been advocating for this overpass tirelessly. I thank the residents in the area for their patience with construction and thank all involved who were able to help us get this project across the finish line."

Keeping the local wildlife in mind, the project also replaced an existing culvert that carried Puddling Street of Roaring Brook.

"With the advocacy of the Roaring Brook Lake Association, the assistance of Senator Sue Serino and the full support of Governor Cuomo and the NY State Department of Transportation; the Town of Putnam Valley is so pleased to have the Pudding St. Overpass completed and in full use,” said Town of Putnam Valley Supervisor Sam Oliverio of the bridge’s completion. “This Overpass is so necessary for the safety of our residents and especially our school children as they cross the heavily traveled Taconic Highway. Thanks go to Governor Cuomo who saw the need for the Overpass and all those who assisted in finally having this exceptionally important travel-way built."

This is original content from NewsBreak’s Creator Program.

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