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Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge

Amsterdam, NY


New York State Thruway Authority


  • Electrical Engineering Services
  • Roadway Lighting Design
  • Bridge Lighting (Lighting and Bollards)
  • Walkway Lighting for the Bridge
  • Telecommunications (Emergency telephone)

O&S, through its Maitra Associates, P.C. acquisition, provided a lighting design among other services for the iconic Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook.

This project is a public pedestrian bridge located in the City of Amsterdam, New York. It is 30 feet wide and spans 511 feet (156 m) over the Mohawk River. The bridge connects Riverlink Park, which is located on the north shore of the river, to Bridge Street, which is on the south shore. Construction began on the bridge in June 2014, and it was opened to the public in August 2016. It features numerous trees and flower plantings, as well as local historical and cultural information engraved into the decking and on plaques along the railings. It is the first bridge spanning over water to include live trees planted on its surface.

The primary source of funding for the project was $16.5 million allocated in the Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act of 2005. An additional $1.65 million for artistic elements and other amenities was provided by grants from New York State.

The opening of the bridge was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 31, 2016. New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Congressman Paul Tonko, State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort, Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa, and New York State Canal Corporation directors William Finch and Brian Stratton, were speakers at the ceremony.

O&S provided electrical engineering services, which involved designing a power distribution system for the project site, including panels, conduits, cables, manholes/handholes, and pull and junction boxes. Also performed were voltage drop calculations, lighting calculations, Security CCTV cameras, electrical snow melting study, and developed report for solar-powered lights along the length of the bridge and approaches associated with the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Mohawk River in the City of Amsterdam, New York. This $16.5 million project connects the south side of the city to the north side and will be known as Amsterdam’s “Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook.” The bridge will provide a landscaped plaza with seating, trees, flower plantings, accent lighting, and pedestrian lampposts supported by solar power.