Crossed this bridge today, it is now a typical 180 ft. long U.C.E.B. with a a plaque on the East end
This has been in the works for some time now. The county skirted preservation guidelines by not using federal money for replacement. It is good that the bridge is being saved, but I fear the two spans will end up in different locations instead of staying together. Also some really nice cut stone abutments from an even earlier span will be lost.
The county is also planning to dismantle the Albany Bridge in the fall for a new bridge at that location. Replacement plans for this span in the 90's were stopped and deemed unnecessary due to a new bridge 1/2 mile away. I'm not sure why it is any different now.
This bridge is being replaced by the county, but will be stored for reuse. http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20100614/NEWS01/6140309
The last information that I had, was that the bridge is to be dismantled and reused in an undetermined location. The county is planning a new bridge at this location. They wanted to bypass the preservation guidelines, so they are supposedly not using any federal funds.
This bridge is currently closed to traffic. I am unsure if it is being restored or replaced.