Detours: Green Island Bridge closed Wednesday, Thursday for repairs

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TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Heads up drivers!

If you take the Green Island Bridge to or from Troy on your morning or afternoon commute you may have to find an alternate route on Wedensday and Thursday.

The Green Island Bridge is a lift bridge. Every so often it rises some 30 feet in the air to allow larger boats to pass through.

Once every two years the machinery that lifts it needs some care taking. So from 9 a.m. Wednesday/Thursday morning until about 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, the bridge will lift and lower several times as workers grease the cables. They will lift about 4-6 times and only close the bridge when they lift.

There are some alternate routes you should plan for ahead of time.

Drivers headed eastbound can access downtown Troy should use the Collar City Bridge along Route 7 or the Congress Street Bridge along Route 2.

Drivers headed westbound can access 787 using the Collar City Bridge. That on-ramp can be found at 6th Avenue between Jay and Vanderhyden Streets, or on lower River Street.

  • Eastbound vehicles can access downtown Troy via the Collar City Bridge / NY-7 and the Congress Street Bridge / NY-2
  • Westbound vehicles can access I-787 via the Collar City Bridge / NY-7 W on-ramp located on 6th Avenue between Jay Street and Vanderhyden Street
  • In addition, westbound vehicles can also access I-787 via the Congress Street Bridge / NY-2. The bridge on-ramp is located on lower River Street

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