Work on new Rexford Bridge to begin in spring

Rush hour traffic clogs the Rexford Bridge as seen from the Clifton Park side of the Mohawk River Thursday, July 9, 2015. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)Rush hour traffic clogs the Rexford Bridge as seen from the Clifton Park side of the Mohawk River Thursday, July 9, 2015. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

BY STEVEN COOK
Gazette Reporter

REXFORD — Richard Stevenson knows Clifton Park. He’s lived there 50 of his 74 years.

He’s seen it grow from a sleepy town into one bustling with new residents — a few too many residents, if you ask him.

And with those residents has come a strain on the one direct link between the town and Niskayuna to the south: the Rexford Bridge.

“That’s why we’ve got to make the bridge bigger,” Stevenson said, after purchasing his Daily Gazette at the Stewart’s Shop just north of the bridge. “And there should be another bridge further up that way,” he said, pointing east on the Mohawk River.

There won’t be a second bridge. But a new Rexford Bridge is coming, and coming soon, according to the state Department of Transportation.

A series of meetings early last year outlined the proposal and made changes based on public feedback.

No construction dates were set. State officials only said then that they expected it to be within five years. They said they wanted to have the project ready to go when funding became available.

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