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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Canajoharie, NY ,

Joshua Thomas
The Route 80 bridge across the Mohawk River connecting Fort Plain and Nelliston will close June 27.

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Route 80 bridge to close June 27

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Updated: 8:01 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- The Route 80 bridge over the Mohawk River connecting Fort Plain and Nelliston will close to traffic on June 27. It will re-open the first week of September. The bridge will be closed to vehicles both ways, although a walkway will allow pedestrian traffic throughout the construction.

While a public meeting was held numerous years ago at the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School explaining the work that would take place, which primarily includes the replacement of the bridge's rusted gusset plates to strengthen the currently-deteriorating structure, Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton said he's been informed that more work is required than initially expected.

"There will be more extensive work than was planned," said Barton, adding, "the gusset plates have deteriorated very badly." He said work will take place on the bridge for six days a week, for ten hours each day, to complete the project by the time the 2014-2015 school year begins.

The project is being funded by the New York State Department of Transportation, though Barton said the village has not yet been provided a final cost figure.

Plans to work on the bridge have been announced and canceled numerous times. Last year, Barton said, "They were supposed to start work the day of the flood."

Reale Construction Company, a business new to the village, will be doing the work.

Fort Plain Fire Chief Jeffery T. Smith provided a letter to Nelliston Mayor Russel Vance and the board of trustees, stating, "Currently, Nelliston is covered under contract by the Village of Fort Plain Fire Department for its fire protection. As the chief of the department, I have worked out a plan with the Canajoharie Fire Department and its chief, Mr. Frank Nestle, to be your initial responders during this time."

He noted that if the call requires more man hours or equipment, the Fort Plain Fire Department will also respond.

     

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