A Quick Look at the Mid-Hudson Bridge
Scaffold Resource has been involved in construction and repairs of some of the most historic buildings and bridges across the country, such as renovations of the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie, NY, an important artery that connects Ulster and Dutchess counties. The bridge was opened to the public in 1930 and became part of the New York State Bridge Authority in 1933. Here is a closer look at the history of the bridge and our involvement in its upkeep.
Mid-Hudson Bridge History
In 1923, the approval to build the bridge was passed by the New York State Legislature with the idea of creating another roadway to cross the Hudson south of Albany besides the Bear Mountain Bridge. Design company Modjeski and Moran were tasked with creating the bridge design, while the New York State Department of Public Works was put in charge of the construction. The designers created plans for a gothic-style suspension bridge, which quickly gained a reputation as one of the most celebrated suspension bridges in the Northeast. On August 25, 1930, cars drove across the bridge for the first time. In 1994, the bridge was rechristened the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge.
Multiple upgrades have been made to the bridge over the years. An EZ Pass system was added in 1999, which significantly cut down on bridge traffic. A pedestrian walkway was added in 2000, and necklace lighting was installed on the bridge in 2001. Repainting, maintenance scraping, metalwork repairs, and lead paint abatement have also been performed periodically.
Scaffold Resource Assistance
Scaffold Resource has made upkeep on the bridge possible. We furnished and installed a scaffolding and containment structure for the top of the 260 feet tall suspension tower over active traffic. The scaffolding was designed to stand up to wind gusts of up to 100 miles an hour to ensure the safety of the workers and traffic below.
At Scaffold Resource, we can create and manage scaffolding and shoring for everything from simple jobs to complex work on historical structures. Get more information about our project management and scaffold rentals in Washington, D.C., by calling (301) 924-7223.