RENSSELAER COUNTY REOPENS TABORTON ROAD BRIDGE IN SAND LAKE, THE LAST PIECE OF RECONSTRUCTION IN COUNTY FOLLOWING SUMMER 2021 FLOODING, COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVE MCLAUGHLIN AND COUNTY LEGISLATORS ANNOUNCE
Major flooding in summer 2021 damaged homes and businesses, and roads and bridges in the Sand Lake area. On Friday, the last significant part of the reconstruction was completed with the opening of the Rensselaer County Route 42 (Taborton Road) bridge.
The bridge was reopened by County Executive Steve McLaughlin with county lawmakers, town officials, residents and highway workers on hand for the event.
“We are very happy to reach a successful conclusion to this important project to rebuild what was destroyed in July 2021,” said McLaughlin.
“We now have an improved and more modern and safe bridge, and a culvert with greater strength and capacity. The damage from the storm gave us the opportunity to improve the service capacity of the area,” added McLaughlin.
The CR 42 bridge was destroyed during a mid-July rainstorm that led to flooding in the Sand Lake area, with the Kinderhook Creek swelling and damaging numerous structures. Thankfully, no lives were lost. In the weeks that followed, the New York State Department of Transportation lent a temporary bridge to the county for use on CR 42.
The temporary bridge loaned from the state was used until late in August of this year. That bridge was returned to NYS DOT for use elsewhere, and work began on the construction of the permanent replacement.
“We appreciate the assistance from state DOT, and especially appreciate the patience of residents and motorists. Unfortunately, the options for detours are limited, so the reopening of this bridge is definitely good news,” said McLaughlin.
The bridge was built at a cost of $1.1 million.
“It is great to see this important project completed quickly, and before the harsh winter weather. The increase in the size of the culvert will be able to handle the heavier rains that damaged the bridge and roadway in 2021,” said Vice Chair of the Legislature Bob Loveridge.
“The Taborton Bridge is an important part of the community that links the mountain to Sand Lake, it is also important to nearby businesses like the Sand Lake Merchant, Gipfel Coffee, Tremont Lumber, and the Towne Tavern. Kudos to the county for building a safe and secure bridge for our community,” said Legislator Tom Choquette.
“Improving our infrastructure to prevent against future failures is critical. The improvements made at this bridge should protect future generations from another roadway failure,” added Legislator Wayne Gendron.
The county did not qualify for federal disaster assistance following the July 2021 storm. The storm was notable enough for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to visit the area and tour some of the damage.