Little York Business Owners Concerned About D-O-T Bridge Project
The New York State Department of Transportation is considering closing a bridge in Little York for repair; the current plan would send drivers on a substantial detour.
The D-O-T is looking to replace the deck on the Coldbrook Creek Bridge that carries traffic on Route 281 over the small stream. The bridge is located near White Bridge Circle and Cold Brook Road in the hamlet of Little York.
According to D-O-T spokesperson Gene Cilento the plan calls for the bridge to be closed in the next couple weeks, and remain closed for about three months. Traffic would be rerouted down Little York Crossing road, or Currie Road in Preble, Preble Road remains closed due to construction there.
Business owners in Little York including Bill Anderson of Andersons Farm Market and Jackie Crane of Little York Plantations have raised concerns about the planned closure. Anderson would like to see a temporary bridge installed in order to keep traffic on Route 281. Anderson says September and October are his busiest months.
Anderson questioned the impact a total closure will have on traffic volumes on Route 11 in Homer as well as the impact on emergency access.
Anderson questioned why there was no public hearing or input session on the proposed bridge project where the community concerns could have been aired and addressed. Cilento says the project was fast tracked due to the funding source.
Cilento says a final decision on closing the bridge has not been made and the D-O-T is still evaluating options; he hopes to have a final decision by the end of the week.
In the meantime Anderson has started a Facebook page opposing the total closure plan.