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June 7, 2013

Replacement eyed for unsafe Jay bridge

JAY — Stickney Bridge in Jay was closed Thursday after a state inspection found structural deficiencies that made it unsafe for traffic.

Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas said the span on Stickney Bridge Road was red-flagged by a State Department of Transportation engineer during an inspection, and a detour has been set up.

Essex County Department of Public Works Superintendent Anthony LaVigne made the decision to close the county-owned bridge after seeing the DOT report.

“Due to a New York State Level II inspection (Thursday) of the Stickney Bridge and the flaws found with the bridge, it was deemed unsafe and closed,” he said in a release. 

“Engineers will be looking at short-term options to get the bridge functional for light traffic, but long-term fixes will be lengthy, for it takes more than two months to receive an order of steel.”

EMERGENCY MEETING

The bridge, located in the hamlet of AuSable Forks, will be repaired or replaced as soon as possible, Douglas said. The Jay Town Council held an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon with local fire and ambulance departments and AuSable Valley Central School officials to discuss the situation.

LaVigne said in the release that he will be speaking to his department’s consulting engineer today to discuss the possibility of allowing light traffic to pass over the bridge but couldn’t make any promises.

The span will likely be replaced with one of galvanized steel, Douglas said, because the bridge’s weathering steel has corroded.

He said he and the Jay Town Council agreed with LaVigne’s order to close it.

“Although we sympathize with any inconvenience this may cause, we stand behind Tony’s decision to close the bridge in order to protect the lives of our residents,” the supervisor said. 

“We will continue to keep the public informed ... about the status of repairs or replacement.”

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