Cortland DPW Plans to Spend $600k to Repair 3 City Bridges This Year
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Cortland DPW Plans to Spend $600k to Repair 3 City Bridges This Year
The City of Cortland Public Works Department is preparing to rehabilitate 4 bridges, 3 of the spans would be fixed this year with the 4th bridge undergoing repairs next year.
The City Common Council is considering spending over a half million dollars to repair aging bridge structures.
On Tuesday night City DPW Chief Chris Bistocchi layed out plans to repair the Groton Avenue bridge at Otter Creek, the Rickard Street bridge over the Tioughnioga River, and the Homer Ave over Dry Creek.
Bistocchi is also looking to repair the Madison Street Bridge at Helen Ave., but that project would be pushed into 2015.
Repairing all four spans will cost the city around $750 thousand dollars, the state will cover 80% of the project cost, or about $600 thousand dollars. Bistocchi says if he delays the Madison Street bridge and reapplies for state aid it will drop the costs for the coming construction season and the city will only have to come up with $120 thousand dollars for the project during the current budget year. Bistocchi expects he will receive additional state funding next year to fix the last bridge.
None of the structures are in danger of failing right away, but Bistocchi wants to address the spans before they get any worse.
Bistocchi says he plans to tackle the Groton Ave. bridge first because it sees the largest volume of traffic, he would then focus on repairing the Rickard Street bridge, and close out the construction season with the Homer Ave. span, which runs all the way to nearby Brown Ave. 
The work will include repairing wing walls, new curbing, replacing guide rails and rebuilding approaches to the bridges.
Bistocchi says he does not expect the work to be too disruptive, there will be some minor traffic delays during construction, no road closures or detours are planned at this point.
Bistocchi is holding an informational meeting on the bridge projects Wednesday January 29th at 7:30 in City Hall.
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