HUDSON — Columbia County may enter into a $46,700 contract with Barton and Loguidice, DPC, to do repairs on multiple bridges throughout the county next year.
The county Public Works Committee unanimously approved a resolution at its meeting Oct. 24 to enter a professional services agreement with the Albany-based company to repair bridges for the purpose of maintaining them.
Each year the county allocates funds to repair aspects of bridges as a way of maintaining them for future use. Last year the county awarded Barton and Loguidice a $59,375 contract to do similar repairs to 12 bridges in 10 towns in 2018.
“The majority of these bridge structures are in good condition and will be in service for many more years,” Columbia County Engineering Department Director Dean Knox said. “These types of repairs and improvements are focused on a single bridge element or two at each bridge and are focused on deficiencies or issues that we notice in the state Department of Transportation’s continuing field inspection of these bridges.”
Knox compared the bridge repairs to the maintenance people have to do to their cars periodically, such as changing brakes or replacing the timing belt.
“You occasionally have to perform certain repairs on individual elements of your vehicles, or your home,” Knox said. “It’s no different with bridges, as they each have different components or elements that need occasional repair, replacement or upgrading and that is the objective with these projects.”
The county plans to repair the following bridges next year:
n Removal of elements blocking stream flow and the bridge waterway opening at a bridge on Adams Crossing Road, New Lebanon.
n Removal of existing obsolete and weathering steel bridge railing and replacement with standard galvanized railing on a bridge on county Route 13 in Old Chatham.
n Removal of existing obsolete and weathering steel bridge railing and replacement with standard galvanized railing on a bridge on county Route 28 in Niverville.
n Removal of elements blocking stream flow and the bridge waterway opening at a bridge on Shufelt Road in Ghent
n Bridge railing upgrades on a bridge on county Route 7 in Spencertown.
n Removal of existing obsolete and weathering steel bridge railing and replacement with standard galvanized railing on a bridge on county Route 2 in Clermont.
n Install a stream bank and approach road embankment for erosion protection for a bridge on Buckwheat Road in Livingston.
n Raise elevations on both sides of the bridge on county Route 2 in Gallatin to counter road embankment erosion at both shoulders.
n Install bridge approach and stream bank erosion countermeasures at southeast end of a bridge in High Bridge Road in Chatham.
“These repairs have proven in the past to help us keep up with maintenance of our bridges,” said Stuyvesant Town Supervisor Ron Knott, chairman of the Public Works Committee. “It has been money well spent.”
The resolution will next be brought up before the full county Board of Supervisors at their meeting scheduled for Nov. 14.