Updated 09/10/2012 05:31 PM
One lane closed at Twin Bridges during evening rush hour after work falls behind schedule
The morning commute was a mess for some Monday morning, thanks to a weekend construction project that fell behind schedule. The northbound lanes of the Twin Bridges weren't reopened at 5 a.m. as promised. Our Megan Cruz has the reason for the holdup.
To view our videos, you need to
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.
Then come back here and refresh the page.
HALFMOON, N.Y. -- "The work just isn't finished at this point," said NYS Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carol Breen.
The northbound bridge remained closed Monday morning. It was closed for construction over the weekend but was suppose to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.
"We took out a section of the bridge deck and we replaced it with a new concrete bridge deck," said Breen. "That new section has to be connected to the old section which requires putting steel plates between them and securing them. And that work to secure the steel plates is taking longer than we anticipated."
As a result, commuters were detoured to Route 9 for the morning commute. People were not pleased by the unexpected congestion.
"I feel bad for the people that are on their way to work," said one motorist.
"It took me 20 minutes to do a five-minute round trip," said another.
"About another 45 minutes so far," said a third motorist.
Another said, "Gonna have a long day. I'm a courier, I have to be on the roads so I don't have any options."
The DOT regrets any inconvenience, saying the work they're doing is new to them. Breen said this shouldn't happen next Monday.
"This is the first weekend of construction, it did take longer than we thought. But we think that we can use what we're learning today and move forward to get it open by 5 a.m. the following weekends," said Breen.
This project on the northbound bridge is slated for the next six weekends. In the meantime, motorists say they'll try to keep cool heads.
"You just have to be patient," said one driver. "It's one of those days. Construction has to happen. We need these things to be done, we have to pay the price."