By CARLA KOLBE
For the Recorder
EDINBURG -- The dismantling of the old Batchellerville Bridge continues to progress on schedule. A spectacle to boaters on the Great Sacandaga Lake over the weekend was the first section of steel coming down, and resting upon a barge to be taken away.
On Monday, crews part of Harrison and Burrowes Bridge Constructors of Glenmont took down the section of old steel work and hauled it of on a barge powered by a tug boat to be brought to a staging area and taken away.
The old bride decking is gone, and crews continue to work completing site work for the project.
State Department of Transportation Region 1 Public Information Officer Bryan Viggiani said Tuesday the superstructure removal is continuing for the next couple months. If this proceeds on schedule, some time in July they may blast the existing piers.
The old bridge center is where the initial steel sections are being removed.
"I find it very courteous they have decided to take down the center of the old bridge first, allowing a new passage for sailboats" said Edinburg Town Supervisor Jean Raymond.
The center span of the new bridge is 27 feet higher than its 80 year old predecessor, which will allow for greater sailboat traffic to pass with a vertical clearance of 42 feet above the water.
The new bridge was opened to traffic in November of last year. The structure features two 11-foot-wide travel lanes, two five-foot-wide shoulders and a five-foot-wide raised sidewalk on the north side of the bridge.
In order for the roadway approaches to transition smoothly onto the new bridge, work was done from the Wessels Road intersection west of the bridge to the intersection of South Shore Road, Saratoga County Highway 7, east of the bridge. The "Y" intersection at South Shore Road was reconstructed as a T-type intersection.
Careful planning has been give to a walkway to safely allow pedestrians walking the bridge to enter back into Edinburg's town park.
The state expects to have the project done by the end of this year.