The Sauer Bridge connecting Glasco Tpke. to Rt. 9W, closed since early February, could reopen within four to six weeks.
“The bridge should be open one or two weeks before Thanksgiving,” said County Legislator Dean Fabiano.
“They’re pouring the concrete today,” said Bob Sudlow, the deputy county executive for operations, on Friday, Sept. 5. “There will be a two- to four-week curing period, which would take us to the first or second week of October, but we hate to give too many updates so as not to give false information.”
Plans for major repairs to the bridge were in the works before deterioration forced its closure. On March 19, 2013, the county legislature passed resolution no. 78, authorizing the county to issue up to $2 million in bonds for repairs and upgrades to the bridge.
The bridge, constructed in 1961, carries traffic across the Esopus Creek, connecting Glasco Turnpike with Route 9W. Motorists in Glasco and immediately surrounding areas have had to go miles out of their way to cross the creek as a result of the closure. The nearest crossings are at Leggs Mills Rd. to the south or over 9W in the village.