APA drops mandate for rusty guardrails

Not all APA commissioners support abandoning the rusty rails.

"I understand DOT's approach to standardize, but I saw them putting up new rustic rails on the Taconic Parkway last week," APA Commissioner Jim Townsend told DOT officials July 9. "We assume that this is a special place and the appearance is important."

Carrier said that DOT is indeed installing some Cor-Ten rails on the Taconic Parkway, but it is due to a contract that was signed with a construction firm prior to the realization of the widespread guardrail failure.

Bridges, including the New River Gorge Bridge - the highest vehicular bridge in the Americas - have been constructed with Cor-Ten.

Carrier was asked Friday how widespread the use of Cor-Ten was in bridges in New York State, but by Tuesday, he had not provided an answer. (Journal Editor Thom Randall contributed to this report.)

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