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State finishes $8 million bridge replacement on I-81 in Tully

By Adam Rombel


TULLY — New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Oct. 27 announced the completion of an $8 million project to replace the northbound and southbound bridges carrying Interstate 81 over Route 80 in the town of Tully in Onondaga County.

The separate northbound and southbound bridges were completely replaced. Both bridges are now wider, and have two 12-foot lanes, a 6-foot left shoulder, and a 10-foot right shoulder. Pre-cast concrete panels were used to speed construction, the governor’s office said in a news release. Workers also made minor upgrades to Route 80, including construction of sidewalks in each direction.

A temporary bridge was built in the median to carry traffic during construction, to minimize travel impacts, the release stated. Work began last fall.

Remaining work on the project includes removal of that temporary bridge, its substructure, and the median crossovers, as well as minor road shoulder reconstruction and site cleanup, according to the release. The state said it expects all work to be completed by the end of November.

“This project will strengthen a vital part of Central New York’s transportation network and will help ensure this remains a safe and dependable roadway for years to come,” Cuomo contended in the release. “We will continue making smart investments in our infrastructure that will support economic growth and create a stronger New York for all.”

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll added, “This bridge replacement project restores a vital north-south link on the I-81 corridor, which supports commuter, recreational and commercial traffic.”

The construction contractor for the design-build project was Crane-Hogan Structural Systems, Inc. a Spencerport, New York–based general construction firm that has a branch office in Syracuse.

Crane-Hogan was founded in 1975 by Daniel C. Hogan and James R. Crane, according to its website. The firm said it “has grown steadily over the past 35 years, completing over 700 projects” totaling more than $8 billion in value. Crane-Hogan works mainly in Central and Western New York.

Crane-Hogan’s client list, posted on its site, includes many government organizations, such as the New York State Department of Transportation, Thruway Authority, Power Authority, and the cities of Binghamton, Elmira, Ithaca, Syracuse, and Utica. The construction firm’s private clients have included Cornell University, M&T Bank, and United Health Services.

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