Area denuded to make way for new Rexford Bridge

MARC SCHULTZ/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER
Clear-cut of trees and brush on the southside of the Rexford Bridge.MARC SCHULTZ/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Clear-cut of trees and brush on the southside of the Rexford Bridge.

BY KATE BUNSTER

GAZETTE REPORTER

NISKAYUNA- It seems like the trees surrounding the Rexford Bridge cleared out overnight.

Since Dec. 15, construction crews have been at the site clearing the way for the project. Overall, the project required the removal of approximately 300 trees, according to the DOT.

MARC SCHULTZ/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Clear-cut of trees and brush on the northside of the Rexford Bridge.

MARC SCHULTZ/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER
Clear-cut of trees and brush on the northside of the Rexford Bridge.

As you may be able to see already, the project will greatly impact the appearance of the current Rexford Bridge and surrounding area. In order to make room for replacement of the bridge, which will improve traffic flow, the trees had to come down.

“This work is necessary to fulfill the purpose and need of the proposed project, to address the condition of the existing Rexford Bridge, to improve traffic operations and to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic,” the DOT noted in its project plan.

The complete plan includes replacing the 1965 bridge, in addition to constructing a traffic circle to replace the traffic light at the intersection of Route 146 and Aqueduct Road. Also, Route 146 will be expanded into four lanes between Aqueduct Road and Riverview Road in Rexford, and a bike path will be added between Riverview Road and the Mohawk-Hudson-Bike-Hike Trail.

This construction will begin in April 2016 and is projected to be completed in 2019.