Work Set to Resume on Replacement of I-81 Bridges in Preble
Now that winter is behind us, Central New York is moving into its other season, road construction.
Starting this month the New York D-O-T is kicking off or resuming several road and bridge improvement projects, among those is the repalcement of the twin I-81 bridges in the Town of Preble.
Starring April 21st work will resume on the bridge project, last year crews replaced the northbound bridge tha carries interstate traffic over Preble Road. Now the focus will shift to the southbound bridge.
The work includes replacing the bridge abutments for both the northbound and southbound lanes along with drainage improvements and shoulder work. The existing steel bridges are being replaced with precast concrete bridges. The precast concrete substantially reduces construction time. D-O-T crews installed a crossover to carry traffic during the construction process.
The nearly 50 year old bridges were scheduled to be replaced in 2015, but the northbound bridge was struck in 2012, the damage forced the structure to be replaced sooner.
The new bridges will be wider and will provide more clearance for taller traffic on Preble Road.
The project has a price tag of close to $8 million.