- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Work will begin as soon as this fall on a new $33 million replacement for a bridge over the Mohawk River between Saratoga and Schenectady counties.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the awarding of the construction contract on Tuesday. The span carries State Route 146 over the Mohawk between Clifton Park and Niskayuna.

The Democratic governor says the bridge is important to the transportation needs of the entire region and that the new span will decrease congestion.

The bridge will have four lanes - two more than the old bridge - as well as a multi-use trail for biking.

Site clearing is expected to begin as early as this fall with major construction beginning in the spring. The work is expected to end in late 2017.

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