The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has announced that work has begun on a $7 million project to replace two bridges near the Rondout Reservoir in Sullivan County.
The DEP project includes work to replace the Lows Corners Bridge and Sugarloaf Bridge, which were constructed more than 60 years ago, at the same time as the reservoir. Work is expected to be complete by the end of this year. The 50-foot-long Sugarloaf Bridge carries Sundown Road over the Sugarloaf Brook. DEP has already installed a temporary bridge. Coffer dams – metal structures that will divert the brook away from the work site – will be installed soon. The 150-foot-long Lows Corners Bridge carries Route 55A over Rondout Creek at the head of Rondout Reservoir. Workers will replace the superstructure of the bridge, and repairs will be made to its piers. Traffic at Lows Corners Bridge will be limited to one lane during construction.