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Route 7 Worcester/Richmondville Bridge Complete

Written By Editor on 12/28/17 | 12/28/17

New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas
today announced completion of a $3.9 million replacement of the State Route 7 Bridge
over the Norfolk Southern Railroad in the Town of Worcester, Otsego County.  The
bridge connects Otsego and Schoharie counties.

“Because we replaced this bridge, it will continue to serve as a safe, reliable connection
for the community,” Acting Commissioner Karas said.  “Governor Cuomo’s investments
across the region are strengthening infrastructure and supporting economic growth in
the Mohawk Valley.”

Construction of the new multi-girder bridge was expedited and completed in one
construction season.  Work began in March and was finished last month, in time for the
holiday travel season.  The original bridge opened to traffic in 1941. The new bridge
meets today’s design standards with five-foot- wide shoulders and 23 feet of vertical

Approximately 2,000 vehicles per day travel the Route 7 Bridge over the Norfolk
Southern Railroad. When necessary, Route 7 serves as an emergency detour for
Interstate 88.

Senator James L. Seward said, “A sound infrastructure is crucial to public safety and
economic growth.  This bridge improvement project will mean a great deal to those who
live and work in both Otsego and Schoharie counties and was a top priority for
emergency responders as well.  Swift completion of this work, prior to the tough winter
travel season, is a definite positive.  I appreciate Governor Cuomo and the Department
of Transportation recognizing the importance of this work for the future of our region.”

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