Pedestrian Bridge Construction Marks Another Milestone in Expansion
ALBANY, N.Y., March 30, 2012—The cityscape around Albany Medical Center will continue to evolve with the placement this weekend of a second pedestrian bridge spanning New Scotland Avenue. This marks another milestone in Albany Med’s $360 million expansion project aimed at meeting the community’s growing health care needs.
The pedestrian bridge will span from the new parking garage to the six-story Patient Pavilion currently under construction along New Scotland and Myrtle Avenues.
This project will require all traffic to be diverted from New Scotland between Myrtle Avenue and Holland Avenue on Sat., March 31 and Sun., April 1 from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.
For people visiting the hospital, access to the parking garages will be maintained on Holland Avenue and at Veteran’s Way. Detour routes will be clearly identified and Albany Med Security will have extra personnel on hand to assist pedestrians and vehicles. The garages and buildings located along New Scotland will be accessible from the current pedestrian bridge during the weekend.
Community members needing access to Albany Med’s emergency room will continue to have access to the ER entrance on Myrtle Avenue from the corner of Myrtle and New Scotland Avenues.
The Patient Pavilion, the centerpiece of the renaissance along New Scotland Avenue, will be completed next year, and will include expanded adult and neonatal intensive care units as well as new operating and recovery rooms. It will increase the Medical Center’s bed capacity on its main campus from 631 to 714 and thereby enable the hospital to meet the projected 2.5 to 3 percent annual increase in its patient population throughout the next decade.
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