"We are laser focused on rebuilding our infrastructure and ensuring that our transportation network remains safe — helping boost our economy and allowing communities to thrive," Hochul said. "This project will improve travel on a critically important thoroughfare in the North Country and help keep New Yorkers, visitors, and commerce on the move for decades to come."
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "Governor Hochul is making unprecedented investments in infrastructure across New York that will help bring people together and fuel the economic growth that will allow our communities to prosper. The Northway is an economic engine that helps drive commerce for the North Country, Capital Region, and beyond, so it is imperative that we do all we can to make sure this vital roadway is ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century, allowing people and goods to get where they need to go safely and efficiently."
The section of the Northway between Lake George and Warrensburg, as well as U.S. Route 9, are important corridors for travel to and within the North Country and the Adirondacks. This new bridge will help facilitate travel for local residents, visitors, and businesses between Warren County and neighboring communities. Farther afield, the Northway is a vital international connection with Canada, and serves interstate and interregional traffic as well.
The new bridge will be a 323-foot-long, two-span, steel multi-girder bridge with a concrete deck. It will have a vertical clearance of a minimum of 49 feet 6 inches above U.S. Route 9.
Constructing the new bridge between the existing structures will allow two out of the three travel lanes in each direction to be maintained during most of the project, although additional, periodic lane reductions may be necessary at times. In spring 2023, northbound traffic will be shifted onto the new structure, and the existing northbound bridge will be demolished so that the remainder of the new bridge can be constructed in that footprint. Southbound Northway traffic will then be shifted onto the new bridge at the project's completion in summer 2024.
"The plan to replace the Adirondack Northway bridges over Route 9 is an essential project," State Senator Dan Stec said. "The Lake George area is a major tourist attraction and economic engine for our region, and it's vital to ensure traveling here is safe and accessible. Shoring up its infrastructure and replacing the bridges will make it easier for locals and visitors to come to our communities and take advantage of all our region has to offer."
"The replacement of the Northway bridges over Route 9 in the town of Lake George is a welcome project that will greatly improve the safety of our residents and many visitors to the North Country for several years to come," Assemblymember Matthew Simpson said. "The affected location has seen many accidents over the years, and I'm excited to see that it's being replaced."