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April 3, 2014

Step Back in Time: April 3, 2014

25 years agoApril 3, 1989

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Two years after the collapse of the Schoharie Creek bridge along the New York state Thruway, things are pretty much back to normal on Walter Dufel’s farm.

Though Dufel says there’s still some litter to be cleaned up and the pavement of a makeshift service road to be removed, most signs that the busy Thruway ran for a year across his property are gone.

A new bridge stands where the old one gave way. Engineers insist the longer span is far stronger than the bridge that crumbled into the churning waters of the Schoharie on April 5, 1987, killing 10 motorists.

But are New York’s bridges really safer now than when the bridge collapsed? Have New Yorkers learned from the harsh lesson taught by the cascading Schoharie Creek and averted other bridge disasters?

It’s clear that if nothing else, the Schoharie bridge collapse forced New York’s transportation officials to make an exhaustive survey of just what condition the state’s bridges are in. The picture remains a grim one.

 50 years agoApril 3, 1964

The largest and most extensive building to be constructed on the Hartwick College campus will be dedicated Wednesday, April 8.

The new Hartwick College Hall of Science was completed at a cost of $1,159,516 with facilities for biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics in the 55,436 square foot building.

Special features include the Hoysradt Herbarium, a greenhouse, and closed circuit television.

In addition to general laboratories for each department, there are smaller student and faculty research rooms where experiments may be conducted over a long period of time without interruption.

Water, gas, electricity, vacuum, steam, and free-line services are provided at the student and faculty laboratory positions.

This is the fifth major building to be completed on the Hartwick College campus in the past four years. Following the dedication ceremonies on April 8, there will be a week of special lectures and programs emphasizing science on the Hartwick campus.

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