By LOHR McKINSTRY
---- — AuSABLE FORKS — Work on the Grove Road Bridge in Jay was not completed Monday as originally planned.
That means it will also need to be closed to vehicles Wednesday, although it will be open to foot traffic.
Essex County Department of Public Works Superintendent Anthony LaVigne reported that the bridge work was not completed because they ran into some unexpected problems.
“We are using due diligence to do whatever it takes to get a higher load posting on this bridge as soon as possible,” he said in a news release.
“Weather permitting, we expect the bridge repairs to be finalized after Wednesday’s work is complete.”
The bridge weight limit was reduced to 12 tons after an inspection last week showed deterioration. The span, damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, is scheduled for replacement.
LaVigne said the bridge bearings need replacement now, along with other work, and panels were removed Monday to do that.
LaVigne doesn’t know what the new, higher weight limit will be yet.
“He’s (the county engineer) going to do the calculations. I’m not sure how much it will go up.”
The bridge will be open today to traffic 12 tons and less then closed from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, allowing workers to complete the necessary remaining stopgap repairs.
AuSable Forks Fire Chief Mike Cross and AuSable Forks Ambulance Chief Bill Minogue were notified and have extended their emergency plan of action through Wednesday.
“We had an emergency plan we put in place,” Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas said.
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