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Welcome to ASHE Albany

The Albany Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers was established in 2010 to provide a forum for professionals in the highway industry to promote a safe, efficient and sustainable highway system through education, innovation and fellowship.

ASHE Albany represents members in the Capital Region of New York including Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs, Amsterdam, Gloversville, Queensbury and Glens Falls.  Anyone with an interest in Highways and Bridges are welcome to become a member including government agencies, consultants, contractors, suppliers and students.

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ASHE Mission Statement

"Provide a forum for members and partners of the highway industry to promote a safe, efficient and sustainable highway system through education, innovation and fellowship."

Project Highlight

Burtonville Road Spur over Schoharie Creek Tributary

The consultant members of ASHE Albany Section design projects of all sizes for our clients – from the very large design-build projects to small designs and studies and everything in between.  The highway and bridge projects on the local highway network often are not glamorous yet are vital to local traffic and to the Departments of Public Works (DPWs) that own and maintain them.

In 2011, every bridge in Montgomery County was closed due to the record flooding of Hurricane Irene.  The County asked AECOM to inspect various bridges prior to reopening them, including BIN 3347630 carrying Burtonville Road spur over an overflow tributary adjacent to the primary Schoharie Creek, a two-span, 180-foot long steel thru-girder structure built in 1939.  The bridge was safely reopened – the first county bridge to reopen – but AECOM documented the poor condition and recommended programming the bridge for replacement due to its poor condition, 10-ton load posting, lack of extreme flood resiliency, and importance as a safety route.  Once federal and state funding was secured, ASHE member Ed Twiss, Jr, P.E. managed the preliminary and final design of a Locally Administered Federal Aid project and led the structural design for a new bridge.  The new structure is 180 feet long and has a bridge width of approximately 30 feet and uses a two-span continuous prestressed concrete superstructure with reinforced concrete abutments and the center pier founded on competent rock.  It provides an increased waterway opening, a similar horizontal alignment, and improved vertical alignment to match the nearby NYSDOT bridge of the Schoharie Creek main channel.

Unique features of the project included integration of a c. 1900 laid up stone wall into the proposed substructure, emphasis on prefabricated superstructure components to speed installation and obviate the need for future painting above a sensitive environment, and creation of improved stream access roadway and parking for fishing and recreation.

Via competitive bid, the construction contract was awarded to Tioga Construction Company, Inc. in February 2020.  Construction began in April 2020 and was substantially completed by late October 2020, when the new bridge was opened to vehicular traffic.  Despite surmounting uncertainties and new safety protocols around Covid-19, the project was completed ahead of schedule and at $2.3 million, slightly under budget.  Proactive utility coordination, strong public outreach and communication, and cooperation among the County, contractor, and consultant team contributed to the success.  The bridge’s ribbon cutting featured a surprise dedication of the bridge to recently retired, former Montgomery County DPW Commissioner Paul Clayburn, in recognition of his more than three decades of service to the county.

This project was submitted for a 2020 American Public Works Association award in the Structures – Less than $5 million category.  The winner of that award was another excellent project on the local system, the Replacement of County Route 113 over the Batten Kill for Washington County DPW, designed by Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI) and constructed by Kubricky Construction Corporation.

Dedication plaque, November 2020

2021 Google Earth view of much calmer conditions

2011 Flooding

Early Bridge, Prior to 1937

Previous Bridge, Constructed 1939

New Bridge, Opened November 2020 (view to East)

Completed Bridge