STUYVESANT–At its meeting last month the Town Board discussed a report listing options for upgrading the historic bridge over Kinderhook Creek in Stuyvesant Falls.
The report went over the structural problems with the bridge, which include rusting. In addition, a weight limit of 12 tons was set to prevent further wear on the span. This will prevent heavy trucks from using the bridge and keep down maintenance costs.
One of the possibilities outlined in the report discussed at the June 12 meeting, is replacing the entire bridge. That might allow for heavier vehicles and could possibly add another lane–the bridge currently has only one lane–it would remove the historic structure and cost about $4.5 million.
Another option is to replace the bottom of the bridge while retaining the historic upper structure; that would cost about $3.5 million.
There are also a variety of restorations and repairs that the town could do, including re-painting the bridge, which could cost the town about $1 million. The last time the town repaired the bridge was in 1992, and it was estimated then that the work would last about 50 years.
Also discussed at the meeting the board:
•Heard that an anonymous donor is funding the local garden club to plant more trees and shrubs near Town Hall. The board is working with the highway superintendent to make sure that the trees will not cause any inconveniences or mishaps
•Learned that the town Recreation Committee met the previous week to discuss possibly replacing the hoops at the basketball courts on town property. In addition, the committee announced that forms for the town summer camps had been sent out and were available by mail or online and that copies were in the local schools and the local library.
•Heard that the railroad committee is planning an exhibition about the train that carried Abraham Lincoln’s body to his hometown of Springfield, IL, after he was assassinated in Washington D.C. The train passed through New York State on its way west. The committee to plan the exhibition includes a Representative of the mayor of Hudson and the honorary chair is Congressman Chris Gibson, who will speak at the exhibition.