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Dinehart Bridge to sing no more

Dec 21, 2014 12:02 am
Diane Valden reports in The Columbia Paper that Copake's Dinehart Bridge, also known as the “singing bridge,” will lose its voice when replaced in 2016. The Town Board passed a resolution on Dec. 11 temporarily suspending the five-ton vehicular weigh limit on Center Hill Road, County Route 7A, to establish a truck route detour in anticipation of the replacement of the Bridge. In October, the state Department of Transportation reported, “significant and increased I-beam deterioration near the bridge abutments at four of the bridge’s seven main steel members, which has resulted in the issuance of a red structural flag.” The bridge crosses the Roeliff Jansen Kill, between the Copake hamlet and West Copake. "The 60- to 70-foot long steel girder bridge with an open steel grating deck, which emits a loud humming sound when traversed by vehicle tires, was last replaced in 1938 “after the big flood,” [county DPW Engineering Division Director Dean] Knox told The Columbia Paper in a phone interview this week." The bridge will be closed during construction with traffic moved to Center Hill Road, and then to County Route 7, which comes out in West Copake. Copake's year-end meeting is Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. and its organization meeting is Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. prior to the regular January meeting. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.