“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State is not only restoring our infrastructure but building it back better and more resilient to meet the demands of the 21st Century,” Dominguez said. “The rehabilitated Freeman’s Bridge strengthens an important link that helps connect the Capital Region together and exemplifies one of the great things about transportation — its ability to bring communities together and make it easier for residents and visitors alike to experience all that they have to offer.”
Freemans Bridge, which was built in 1985 and handles an average of 26,442 motor vehicles a day, connects Glenville’s busy Freemans Bridge Road retail corridor with the City of Schenectady’s Erie Boulevard and such nearby destinations as Proctors Theatre, the Schenectady Train Station, Schenectady County Community College, and Rivers Casino.
One of five crossings that bring Schenectady County motorists over the Mohawk River, Freemans Bridge is also widely used by motorists traveling to and from adjoining residential neighborhoods in Glenville and Scotia, the Schenectady County Airport, and the Stratton Air National Guard Base, home of the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard. The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Freemans Bridge Boat Launch on the Mohawk River is on the Glenville shore.
The project, which began in April 2020, replaced the bridge’s concrete riding surface and bridge joints, painted the steel girders, repaired the concrete underneath the bridge, and installed new solar-powered navigation lights. New pavement was also added to the bridge approaches.
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An existing sidewalk on the west side of the bridge was widened to 10 feet to create a new shared-use path that links to existing multi-use paths on either side of the bridge, enhancing walking and bicycling opportunities. The project extended the service life of the bridge by 25 years.