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Posted on: May 28, 2021

City of Newburgh Announces Reopening of the Lake Drive Bridge

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The City of Newburgh is pleased to announce the reopening of the Lake Drive Bridge over the Quassaick Creek. The Bridge project was substantially completed on May 27, 2021.

The City of Newburgh Engineering Department began planning and appropriating funding for the Lake Drive Bridge replacement project in 2016. Inspections had revealed significant structural deficiencies of the original bridge, which was constructed in the early 1970s. The existing bridge was subsequently closed in May 2019 after a follow-up inspection identified worsening structural deficiencies. This bridge closure impacted vehicular traffic for two years at the northern intersection of Lake Drive and Lake Street (Route 32).

Reconstruction of the Lake Drive Bridge commenced in July 2020. The project involved the complete removal and replacement of the existing twin metal arch culvert bridge. Construction of the new bridge required the temporary diversion of the Quassaick Creek utilizing cofferdams to allow the contractor to install 52 ten-inch diameter steel and grouted piles to a depth of approximately 55 feet to support the new bridge structure.