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January 24, 2014

Bridge replacement eyed

WILMINGTON — The New York State Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to discuss the proposed replacement of the Route 86 bridge over the west branch of the Ausable River in Wilmington.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the ski lodge of Whiteface Mountain State Ski Center at 5021 Route 86 in Wilmington. It is open to the public.

DOT officials will make a project presentation from 6 p.m. until about 6:30 p.m., with a question-and-answer session to follow. Department officials will also be on hand to answer one-on-one questions after the meeting.

DOT is proposing to replace the aging bridge, which opened in 1935 and carries about 2,000 motor vehicles per day, with a new structure in 2015.

Under the proposal, DOT would close the bridge for around 90 days in spring 2015, with the goal of opening a new bridge before the busy summer season.

Detours would be posted directing motorists to Springfield Road (Essex County Road 83) and Fox Farm Road (Essex County Road 63).

DOT would post signs alerting residents and visitors that businesses near the bridge are open.

Shoulders on the proposed new bridge would be widened to allow for safer bicycle use. Decorative lighting is also proposed for the new bridge.

Overhead utility lines on and near the bridge would be relocated, under the plan.

An interpretive display is proposed to be constructed in the nearby town park, with a plaque providing information about the town and the old bridge.

Comments about the project can also be made in writing; send them to Project Manager Denise Authement, NYS Department of Transportation, Region 1 Design, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, N.Y. 12232.

Comments may be submitted via email to:


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