Project Description

A Safer Bridge Over Deer River

Project Team

Owner: NYSDOT

Contractor: Rommel Fence

A Safer Bridge Over Deer River

TransportationDenmark, NY

The New York State Department of Transportation has completed the final phase of the bridge replacement on the State Route 26 in Denmark, NY. The project which replaces the existing bridge built in 1932, has been updated with a modern span featuring concrete beams and road surfaces that will improve travel and enhance safety along an important roadway for the flow of people and commerce in the North Country.

The new bridge, which crosses the Deer River, features 6-feet-wide shoulders in both directions to provide additional room for cyclists and pedestrians. Among other safety improvements, such as upgrading the approaches to the bridge and installing new guiderail on both sides to meet today’s standards, our TL-4 crash-tested transparent acrylic barrier system will also help to enhance safety along the key route for North Country Motorists.

Project Details

Installed to help prevent spray from a nearby waterfall from settling on the roadway, our barrier was used to solve the New York State Department of Transportation’s (NYSDOT) concern of the spray freezing to ice in the winter months.

Our acrylic barrier will improve roadway safety and maintain views of the waterfall. And even though it’s a lightweight, transparent material perfect for bridges, it is very durable and will hold up during winter maintenance.

The NYSDOT was familiar with our crash-tested wall systems after using our first-generation TL-4 transparent on a project in Binghamton. Guiding the team through the new TL-4 design on this project, we supplied all specifications needed to meet the new MASH standards. NYSDOT policy required that any system mounted within the clear zone must be MASH tested. While TL-4 systems are usually used on multi-lane highway applications where crash impacts only occur from one traffic direction, this bridge was designed with double end systems so that it could protect the two-way traffic that travels on this more rural highway.

Mounted to the rear face of concrete crash-railing integral to the bridge structure, Rommel, the installers had no issue on their first TL-4 install with an installation guide in hand and a little support from our project managers.

Project Team

OWNER/ENGINEER: NYSDOT

CONTRACTOR: Rommel Fence

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