The Rte. 32 Lake Street Bridge over the Quassaick Creek separating the City of Newburgh from the Town of New Windsor has been closed indefinitely, effective as of 4 p.m. Saturday (June 7, 2014).
City DPW Chief George Garrison was driving his car over it on Thursday when he noticed a severe "deflection" (dip) in the roadway, and called City Engineer Jason Morris. Morris looked at it Friday from underneath as well as from the roadway and immediately notified the New York State DOT, since Rte. 32 is a state road, although by special agreement it is owned and maintained by the City for its entire stretch through Newburgh. The bridge also is owned exclusively by Newburgh.
Morris agreed it was an urgent situation and called in the City's consulting engineers, McLaren Engineering in West Nyack, who were on the scene with Morris from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. City Councilwoman Genie Abrams reported seeing them there chest-deep in the creek, with their "wet suits," cameras and measuring equipment, all day.
Adding to the problem is the fact that a City sewer line runs through the lower part of the bridge structure, and it had been leaking over time, causing corrosion in the metal arch holding up the bridge, which resulted in the drop in the roadway.
Signs have been erected by both the State and the City of Newburgh on both the north and south ends of the heavily-used bridge, directing traffic to Rt. 9W.