Work to begin on $6.2M bridge project in Southern Tier

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Construction will soon begin on $6.2 million in bridge and pavement repairs in the Southern Tier.

The work, set to begin in April, includes three separate projects in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties to replace a bridge and two bridge decks, pave and make general preventive maintenance bridge repairs.

The projects include: $2.4 million to rehabilitate the bridge carrying County Route 56 over Interstate 86 in the town of Chemung, Chemung County; $2.8 million to replace the bridge carrying State Route 14 over Sullivan Glen Creek and restore pavement on State Route 14 in the town of Montour, Schuyler County; and $1 million to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Interstate 390 northbound over County Route 7 in the town of Avoca, Steuben County.

County Route 56 over I-86

The project involves removing and replacing the concrete deck and pier, as well as eliminating bridge joints to reduce future maintenance needs. The work will result in a smoother ride for motorists, while enhancing safety and ensuring continued access to a small Southern Tier community.

Located at the southeastern corner of Chemung County, this bridge carries traffic over I-86 at Exit 59A near Pennsylvania border. The exit was added to then-Route 17 in 1975 to provide access to the area from within New York State after Hurricane Agnes washed out nearby bridges.

The project will wrap up by the end of 2020.

Route 14

The essential Southern Tier roadway will be repaved from the Schuyler County line to the village of Montour Falls, and the bridge over Sullivan Glen Creek will be replaced. Easily accessed from I-86, State Route 14 runs through the town of Montour – the southern gateway to Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes region.

Bridge replacement work will begin this summer and be completed in the fall. The new bridge will be higher and longer to increase the water opening and protect against future flooding. Traffic will be diverted onto a temporary bridge during demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the new bridge.

The contract contains requirements that limit the number of days for the detour bridge, timing of the paving and date restrictions for area events. All work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

I-390 over County Route 7

The concrete bridge deck and barrier on the I-390 northbound bridge will be removed and replaced. The rehabilitation will ensure a smooth riding surface on the road and extend the service life of the bridge. The southbound bridge deck was replaced in 2003.

Located at the southern end of I-390, the bridge carries traffic connecting with I-86, the Southern Tier’s main transportation corridor for commerce and tourism. Work on the project should be complete in late summer 2019.

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