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Senator Johnson: Colonial Road Bridge to Be Replaced

The Colonial Road Bridge in Thomaston will undergo a $10 million replacement under the recently enacted MTA 2010-2014 Capital Plan, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced.

“This bridge was built in 1897 and is in a total state of disrepair,” Senator Johnson said. “Colonial Road bridge was simply not designed to handle the amount of traffic that currently uses it.”

Since his election to the state Senate three years ago, Senator Johnson has been working with local elected officials and community members to convince the MTA to replace the dilapidated span. Last year, Senator Johnson became the Senate Majority’s representative to the MTA Capital Program Review Board, a body that has the authority to approve, or veto the MTA’s five-year capital plans.

Having this replacement project included in this most recent plan was one of Senator Johnson’s top priorities.

“The replacement of the 100-year-old Colonial Road Bridge is the culmination of the efforts of many people,” said Village of Thomaston Mayor Bob Stern. “I especially thank Senator Craig Johnson for identifying this project as a priority and for securing the necessary funding from the MTA which will allow this project to be constructed.”

Construction is slated to begin next year.

Additionally, a $2.8 million renovation at the Great Neck train station has begun. The project will include the replacement of two new elevators, as well as new sidewalks, better signage, pigeon proofing, and the relocation of support facilities. This project is being funded through a combination of state and federal dollars.

Both elevators will be shut down during the duration of this project. MTA officials are advising mobility impaired commuters to use the Little Neck or Manhasset train stations while this project is being completed.