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April 23, 2014

Moriah Center Bridge nears completion

County expects work to be finished around May 1

MORIAH — The Moriah Center Bridge could be open again at the beginning of May.

Essex County Department of Public Works Superintendent Anthony LaVigne recently said he expects work on the new bridge to be complete by May 1 or a little later.

Construction on the span was started in September 2013 by low bidder Luck Brothers of Plattsburgh.

A temporary bridge from Mabey Inc. of Elkridge, Maryland, was installed next to the old one, which was removed so the new structure could be built.

The new bridge was opened to traffic in January without a paved surface.

But then it closed last month, and the previous single-lane temporary bridge alongside was reopened while work resumed on the new span.

The Moriah Center Bridge gets about 4,000 cars a day, LaVigne said.

“It’s the busiest bridge in our inventory.”

AWAITS STORM DRAINS

The original Moriah Center Bridge on Plank Road (County Route 7) in Moriah, damaged by Tropical Storm Irene floodwaters in 2011, was red-flagged by a State Department of Transportation inspection in August 2012, and its weight limit was reduced to 5 tons.

A red-flag designation is a structural marker used to report the failure or potential failure of a primary structural component of a bridge.

LaVigne said different storm drains were needed than anticipated, but most of the remaining work entails paving the approaches and final touches to the new bridge.

“There may be a delay for the storm drains. The contractor is trying to get them to commit to a (delivery) date.”

It normally takes four to six weeks from date of order, he said, and they’re trying to get that reduced.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.3 million, with 80 percent paid for by the Federal Highway Administration and 15 percent by the state.

A bridge bond will be used for the county’s 5 percent share.

On other county bridge projects, LaVigne said the new Stickney Bridge in Jay is slated to open Friday, April 25.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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