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Bridge repair project put on hold indefinitely

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - Updated: 11:48 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- The Route 80 bridge repair project has been put on hold indefinitely, announced Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton during Tuesday's village board meeting.

The project, which would have required the replacement of gusset plates to strengthen the structure, which connects Fort Plain and Nelliston over the Mohawk River, was bid this year in a package with two other bridges -- one in Fort Hunter and another in Utica --although the attempt to obtain a lower price was unsuccessful and the project, originally scheduled to commence in June 2013, was put on hold.

Barton said that he's been informed by the New York State Department of Transportation that the bridge project may take place next year, beginning in June or July, although "nothing is set in stone."

Barton said he's hopeful that the delays will allow the village to eventually have a new bridge installed, as opposed to having it fixed and rehabilitated as the DOT originally intended. Barton and the village board members have long been vocal in their goal of having a brand new structure installed.

The DOT is currently working on one of the bridge's walkways, which is closed to pedestrian traffic as new steel is installed underneath it. After that project is complete, "that will be it for now," said Barton.

     

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