Age of Construction, Albany County Bridges

The peak year for bridge construction in Albany County was 1971, with 21 NYSDOT bridges constructed that year as part of the construction of the Interstate system, mostly the bridges that connected up the South Mall Arterial and Dunn Memorial Bridge. The entire period between 1967 and 1973 was particularly good for bridge builders, but it also means that most the bridges in the county have reached 50 years of age and are all starting to need mid-life overhauls at about the same time. Compared to the state's bridges mostly constructed in the mid 60s and early 70s, the County's bridges are much more spread out over time, and are generally much older then the state bridges. Five of county highway bridges were first put in service prior to 1900.

Data Source: New York State Highway Bridge Database. https://www.dot.ny.gov/main/bridgedata

Map: Silver Hill State Forest

Map: Silver Hill State Forest

Silver Hill State Forest is composed of 783 acres located in the town of Russell in southwestern St. Lawrence County.

Recreation

There are currently no developed trails on this state forest. The property does provide large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.

Camping - There are two designated campsites located on the Silver Hill and McCarthy Roads. Backcountry camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited at any location within 150 feet from water, roads or trails, unless specifically marked as a campsite.

Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Fishing is allowed on Plum Brook.

Geo-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.

Field Notes

The topography is variable with upland areas supporting a mixture of northern hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forests. Pine and spruce plantations were established on what were formerly farm fields and pastures. Flatter ground supports open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods and white cedar in seasonal flooded areas.

Beautiful Plumb Brook flows through the center of this state forest. It provides many scenic waterfalls, pools, and riffle areas which are well suited for both fishing and nature photography.
A river running through Silver Hill State Forest.
Driving Directions

This forest can be accessed from the Cook, Curtis, Lawrence, McCarthy, and Silver Hill Roads in the town of Russell.

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Good morning! I’m up and sort of going on this Friday morning. Next Friday is Good Friday. Easter is just around the corner. Cloudy, damp and forty five degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south breeze at 10 mph. The skies will clear tomorrow around 7 am.

Today will rain, mainly after noon. Looking at a high of 47 degrees at 1pm. Eight degrees below normal. South wind around 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 62 degrees. The record high of 87 was set in 2010. 3.2 inches of snow fell back in 1896.