The bridge that ran over the Ashokan Reservoir, that connects the town Olive hamlets of Olivebridge at the sound end and the Shokan at the north end has officially been restored to two-way traffic.

Sarah Walker

According to an article in the Daily Freeman, this is the first time the traffic has flowed both ways since February 2015.  Crews have been rehabilitating the bridge’s concrete support arches.  The projected was schedule to be finished in the fall of 2015, and then even in 2016.  While repairing the concrete, additional damage was discovered on the underside of the structure.  According to the New York State Department of Transportation, crews replaced five times the amount of concrete than expected.  Total cost of the project was $5 million, the original estimate was only $500,000.

The bridge isn’t 100%, there is a 16-ton weight limit that remains in effect.   A new dividing weir bridge is expected to be constructed over the next decade.   The traffic lights were taken down Wednesday.