The state Department of Transportation has announced the completion of a $3.9M million project that replaced the Route 38 bridge over Fall Creek in Freeville, which provides access to Freeville’s business district and serves as a major route between Cortland and Tompkins counties.
The original structure was built in 1935 and has now been extended from 50-feet-long to 75 feet. It was also modernized with prestressed concrete box beams, a concrete deck overlay and concrete piles.
Travel lanes now span 11 feet wide with five-foot-wide shoulders and sidewalks on both sides. Guide rails, crosswalks and new signs were also installed and the approaches to the bridge reconstructed and resurfaced.
“This new bridge is an example of how New York State, under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, is transforming our transportation network to meet the needs of the 21st Century and keep the Southern Tier Soaring,” said NYSDOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez. “At DOT, we take pride in working with local communities to make intelligent infrastructure improvements that improve community life and energize local economies – and that is exactly what this bridge exemplifies.”
At 75 feet, the extended bridge now allows room for more water from Fall Creek to pass underneath, while also better accommodate high rainfall events that raise the creek level. New bioretention areas were also installed near the bridge to remove contaminants and sedimentation from stormwater before it’s discharged.
Additionally, new sidewalks were installed to provide safe and easy access to a nature trail on the north side of the crossing.
Crews also upgraded guide rails, pavement markings and center lines on both Fall Creek Road and Peruville Road.
Senator James L. Seward: “ A sound infrastructure is crucial to public safety and economic development. This bridge replacement has been a key priority for Freeville and the new span will mean a great deal to those who live and work in Cortland and Tompkins counties and travel Route 38 on a daily basis.”
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton said: “I’m very pleased that the DOT has completed the replacement of this bridge on Route 38 over Fall Creek in the Village of Freeville, which serves as a vital link for the main intersection in the village. Supporting funding for our roads and bridges has always been a priority of mine in the Assembly. At a time when we continue to see problems with deteriorating infrastructure across the country, it’s great to know that the State of New York continues to make critical investments in our bridges, like this one.”
Mike Sigler, Tompkins County Legislature Interim Chairman: “You never know how much you miss a bridge until it’s gone. The state had an aggressive construction schedule for this bridge and the county recognizes the effort that went into this by the construction crews. We want to thank the state for its efforts to connect our towns and villages and to make Freeville a much more walkable community. The community may often wonder, where are our tax dollars going? This is where they’re going.”