Two bridges targeted for work


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GOSHEN — Two major bridge-reconstruction and bridge-replacement projects will move forward, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus announced this week.

The Scotchtown Avenue Bridge is being replaced following deterioration. Forge Hill Bridge has been closed since 2011 because of flood damage related to Hurricane Irene.

The Scotchtown Avenue Bridge includes County Route 83 in the towns of Wallkill and Hamptonburgh. It is projected to be completed by December 2015 at a cost of $4.5 million to $5 million.

Forge Hill Bridge is in the Town of New Windsor over Moodna Creek, and critical for commuters attempting to travel from State Route 94 to State Route 9W. It will be transformed from a two-span to a three-span structure by August 2015. The cost is estimated at $2 million to $2.5 million.

The projects will be funded through the following sources: federal money (80 percent), state money (15 percent), and county money (5 percent). 80 percent federal, 15 state, and 5 percent county. The Orange County Department of Public Works will maintain an onsite detour while repair and replacement work is conducted.

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