Route 40 Bridge in Schaghticoke to Close for Two Weekends Next Month

Motorists are advised that bridge carrying Route 40 (South Main Street) over the Hoosic River in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, will be closed to traffic during two weekends in September as part of the New York State Department of Transportation’s bridge replacement project there.

The bridge will close during the weekends of Sept. 5 and Sept. 12. On both weekends, the bridge will close at10 p.m. on Friday night and reopen the following Monday by 6 a.m.

The closures are necessary to allow adequate room to pour concrete for the decks of the new bridge, which is being constructed immediately adjacent to the old bridge.

A detour will be posted sending motorists to Route 67 into Mechanicville, then onto Routes 4 and 32 and then to Stillwater Bridge Road (Rensselaer County Route 125). Local motorists should follow the posted detour or otherwise use alternate routes.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license. It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through this construction zone, for their own safety and the safety of workers.

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