D-O-T Will Delay Route 281 Bridge Work in Little York Until 2013
The New York State Department of Transportation has decided to stall the start of bridgework on Route 281 in Little York until next year.
D-O-T officials confirmed the decision Wednesday evening, the decision to hold off came after Republican State Senator Jim Seward and Republican Assemblyman Gary Finch sent a letter to State D-O-T Commissioner Joan McDonald urging the agency delay the project at least 60 days to allow local farmers to get their harvests in.
The project was slated to begin Monday; signs to that effect have been posted around the area.
Last week, we reported that business owners in Little York were calling on the D-O-T to delay the replacing the bridge that carries traffic over Cold Brook creek near the intersection of Cold Brook Road and White Bridge Circle. Those business owners asked if the State could not delay the project, to install a temporary bridge.
Bill Anderson of Anderson's Farm Market in Little York said the bridge detour would severely hurt his farm stand, sending traffic away from his stand during the busy fall harvest season and over to Route 11 and into the Village of Homer.
Homer Mayor Genevieve Suits and Homer Town Supervisor Fred Forbes raised concerns about the potential impacts the detour would have; it could have resulted in 1.5 million gallons of liquid manure being transported through the densely populated village.
The bridge was initially scheduled to be repaired last spring but was later rescheduled for this fall. It will now be pushed into 2013.