Beaverdam Creek Bridge reopens

The Enterprise — Melissa Hale-Spencer

Beaverdam Creek Bridge, on State Route 156, in Berne, was closed from Sept. 7 until Nov. 15 for repairs.

BERNE — Two months after it was closed for repairs, Berne’s Beaverdam Creek Bridge is open again to all traffic.

More work still needs to be completed on the Berne bridge — painting and the installation of new bridge bearings, specifically — which will be done in 2022, but the state won’t need to re-close it, Bryan Viggiani, spokesman for the state’s transportation department told The Enterprise this week.

“When remaining work is occurring,” Viggiani said in an email, “we will have alternating lane closures with flaggers weekday daytimes (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Motorists should of course slow down when approaching the work zone and follow the direction of flaggers when the flaggers are present.”

The bridge, which is part of State Route 156, had needed a deck replacement and, while it was closed, drivers were forced to take a 5.2-mile detour. Viggiani told The Enterprise in August that an average of 1,015  drivers used the bridge each day.

The repairs were part of a $5.6 million state contract for work on six bridges in the region.

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