Willis Ave.'s newest bridge set to be hauled downriver

A marine transportation crew is preparingto haul a prefabricated, 350-foot-long, 2,400-ton bridge from anupstate Hudson River port to New Jersey before it's eventualinstallation over New York City's Harlem River.

The replacement span for the nearly 110-year-old Willis AvenueBridge linking Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx was moved earlyMonday morning from its construction site at the Port of Coeymansonto two barges docked at the port, 10 miles south ofAlbany.

The new swing bridge is scheduled to depart Tuesday morning forBayonne, N.J., where it will remain until resuming its voyage laterthis month to the site of the existing span.

The new bridge is scheduled to be installed Aug. 2. Removal ofthe existing span is set for Sept. 20.

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