Monroe, NY – The state is preparing to replace a bridge over one of the most heavily traveled sections of Route 17 — just as the summer slog to the Catskills gets under way.
The $5 million project promises months of delays on and around the County Route 105 overpass, an area teeming with Monroe-Woodbury school buses, Kiryas Joel traffic and Harriman Commons shoppers.
The project is one of several that are being revamped to finish converting the 381-mile-long highway into Interstate 86. The Route 105 bridge, like others along the future I-86, must be raised to meet the federal government's clearance standards.
There are different accounts of how long it will take to complete the project. The DOT has told the state police 16 months, although the department posted on its Web site a completion date of November 2008 — 19 months away.
Sgt. Werner Hein of the Monroe state police barracks says the DOT plans to limit work hours on Route 17 itself to avoid disrupting morning commuter traffic and the weekend crush.
For example, Hein said, workers must be off the westbound side by noon on Friday and must stay off the eastbound side until noon on Monday. [Record]