Press-Republican

June 21, 2013

Vital Jay bridge reopens

BY LOHR McKINSTRY Press-Republican
Press-Republican

---- — JAY — The Stickney Bridge in Jay reopened Thursday with a 15-ton weight limit for light traffic.

The bridge was closed June 6 after a State Department of Transportation engineer found it had suffered significant deterioration since the last inspection in August 2011.

Temporary repairs were made to the vital bridge so it could reopen, Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas said in a news release.

“I am grateful to Tony LaVigne, Essex County superintendent of public works, and his team of engineers, for their quick response in making the temporary improvements needed to allow for light traffic.”

Essex County DPW Engineer Kirk Bassarab said their crews were at the bridge Thursday getting it ready.

“We are in the process of load-posting it to 15 tons and working with Town of Jay DPW Superintendent Chris Garrow to remove the concrete barriers to allow light traffic to pass over the Stickney Bridge,” he said in the release.

It’s anticipated that later this year, once an engineering design is in place, the deck and stringers underneath the bridge will be replaced, Garrow said.

“Our DPW employees are working alongside Essex County DPW employees early this morning (Thursday) to ensure the bridge would be open to light traffic today.”

The bridge is located in the Jay hamlet of AuSable Forks. A detour had been in effect while the bridge was closed.

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