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November 5, 2012

Essex County saves a million dollars

County uses surplus bridges donated by state for flood repair


Minerva Town Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey praised LaVigne, his department and the contractor who installed that new bridge, which opened Oct. 10.

“I was down there a few weeks before it was finished and couldn’t believe how great the site looked,” she said. “It was well cared for. The neighbors were pretty happy about it and said the crew that was hired did just a very wonderful job, and they were good at communicating with the neighbors.

“That was greatly appreciated by me and by the Town of Minerva.”

The contractor for Adirondack Loj Bridge was Stephen Miller Construction of Gloversville, while J.T. Erectors of Malone did Hulbert and Lacey bridges.

“Tony did a great job,” Keene Town Supervisor William Ferebee said. “J.T. Erectors did a very good job, and they were well liked by the residents. It is a good company.”

Now they’re hoping to get more Inverset bridges as the state does replacements, LaVigne said.

“It was a very successful bridge-replacement program. It saved $800,000 of taxpayers’ money and an estimated two month’s construction time on each bridge. These types of bridges are state-of-the-art and do have much lower maintenance costs.”

With estimated cost of the additional construction time added, the savings would likely have been more than $1 million, officials said.

“This is a success story for our department,” LaVigne said.

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