As the weather warms up, construction crews are ramping up to tackle maintenance, renovation and rebuilding projects involving many of New York's highway bridges.
The Patroon Island Bridge in Albany is being prepped for a 145-million dollar renovation. The project appears on a list of 32 road and bridge initiatives released Tuesday by Governor Andrew Cuomo's office.
Decks will also be replaced on the Congress Street Bridge in Troy, the Western Gateway Bridge in Rotterdam and the Thaddeus Kosciuszko Bridge, also known as the I-87 twin bridges.
These days it seems almost everyone engages in social networking. Now, in addition to crossing it, you can follow a bridge on twitter (it might just follow you back) or you can friend it on facebook - The Patroon Island Bridge now has a presence on social media. The span joins a bevy of other local landmarks like The Albany Rural Cemetery and its comrade, The Troy-Menands Bridge, that have assumed "internet personalities". The Patroon Island Bridge carries I-90 over the Hudson River between Albany and Rensselaer Counties.
Some media reports Monday mention the possibility of imposing a pedestrian fee on Walkway over the Hudson - the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Walkway connects Poughkeepsie, in Dutchess County, with Highland, in Ulster County, and has become a popular place for both locals and tourists. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on how officials say there will be no such fee.