The 90 feet by 20 feet steel bridge will connect the port and the industrial park across State Route 144, decreasing truck traffic on State Route 144 and Riverside Drive in Coeymans, New York.
“There’s a considerable amount of truck traffic in that area,” said Carver Laraway, president of Carver Cos., which owns the Port of Coeymans. “The idea is to keep the industrial traffic to the north side of the hamlet and residential to the south side. It makes more sense that way.”
The project was approved by the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Tuesday. Laraway said the process took 13 months, completing archaeological studies, fish and wildlife surveys, Albany County regulations and more.
The Port of Coeymans is a 125-acre marine terminal 11 miles down the Hudson River from the Port of Albany. It ships steel, cement and other construction materials to and from New York City daily. It is a major player in shipping steel girders for the Tappan Zee bridge reconstruction.
“The bridge opens up the door to more areas,” Laraway said. “We’ve got a mile of Thruway exposure. A lot of companies look at that and the availability to ship by water as an incentive.” The 275-acre industrial park is open for business. TCI of NY, a company that transports and prepares electrical equipment for recycling, is building its headquarters at the Coeymans park.
Laraway said the Port of Coeymans will finance the $1.1 million bridge project. This adds to the $30 million Carver Cos. has invested in equipment and buildings since it opened in 2007.
In addition to the port, Carver Cos. owns businesses including a construction company and a quarry. It has 200 employees. Between 50 and 60 work at the port.
STS Steel Inc. in Schenectady, New York will provide the steel to build the bridge. D.A. Collins will build the bridge. Laraway said the project is scheduled to start in June 2014.