County Executive Mike Hein Announces The Opening Of The "Hurley Bridge"

Posted August 28, 2014

The Renovated Bridge Was Completed Ahead Of Schedule And Under Budget

Kingston, NY – Ulster County Executive Mike Hein announces that the “Hurley Bridge” which is a critical link that spans the Esopus Creek in Hurley is now open for all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to travel.  The advanced design of the bridge is engineered to allow for greater views of picturesque Hurley, including its beautiful farmland and stone houses, while being able to accommodate increased traffic and greater weight for generations to come.

“I am pleased to announce that the Hurley Bridge construction is complete and the bridge is now open,” said County Executive Hein.   “I want to thank our DPW for their extraordinary hard work and ability to complete the project ahead of schedule, before school opens, and under budget.  Residents and visitors alike can now take advantage of the beautiful scenery of the Hurley countryside when crossing the Esopus Creek.  The enhanced engineering of the new bridge relocates the superstructure from above the roadway to beneath, making it visibly more appealing and allowing it to meet the additional stress of increased traffic loads now and increased usage in the future.”

"The entire County has done a tremendous job getting this project done in a timely manner," said John Gill owner of Gill Farms. "I want to thank the County Executive for making this project a priority and all of the members of the County's DPW for their hard work and dedication. This structure will be something the residents of Hurley will be proud of, I certainly already am."

In October of 2013, the 1933 bridge’s weight limit was reduced from 25 tons to 3 tons and it was closed in June, 2014 to allow for its replacement.    

Pictured below - Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein is joined by members of the Hurley Town Council, Hurley Heritage Society and community members as he cuts the ribbon at the Hurley Bridge.