"The completion of the Albany Skyway is a game-changer for the city and the perfect example of a transformative infrastructure project that promotes equity and connectivity," Hochul said. "Infrastructure can be more than just building roads and bridges — like the Skyway, it can be about improving quality of life and righting the wrongs of the past. With this ribbon-cutting we are reuniting divided communities, revitalizing Albany's beautiful waterfront, and recommitting to a transformative vision that is a skyway for the future of infrastructure in New York."
Hochul also announced that the public process for the replacement of the Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge, led by the New York State Department of Transportation, will continue in June with a formal public hearing taking place. The bridge provides a critical link for passenger rail service from the Northeast Corridor to Albany-Rensselaer. The new, $32.8-billion DOT capital plan includes up to $400 million to replace the existing, Civil War-era bridge with a new, modern structure capable of supporting higher-speed passenger rail, freight rail, maritime transport, and bicycle-pedestrian access.
The Skyway also features pedestrian lighting, seating and planters along the path and a shade structure near the Broadway entrance. Amphitheater-style seating provides a restful setting with a view of the Hudson River. The Skyway builds on the success of New York State's landmark Empire State Trail, which is the nation's longest multi-use state trail.
The current movable swing bridge would be replaced with a new lift-type bridge, which would bring the structure up to modern standards for height, width, and speeds for passenger and freight trains and more reliably accommodate marine traffic using the Hudson River. The new bridge will be located south of the existing bridge on a parallel alignment and would carry two railroad tracks. The approach track work will include improvements to the triangular junction of rail tracks on the Rensselaer side to facilitate train turning movements and the rehabilitation and reconfiguration of the rail bridges over Water and Centre Streets on the Albany side. The new bridge will also include a separated shared use path connecting to the Albany Skyway and Empire State Trail to the City of Rensselaer.
|Your local Trimble Construction Division dealer|
|Milton CAT/SITECH Northeast ATTN:V964611|