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June 15, 2014

Several Essex County bridge repairs needed

County to receive an excess of $23M to repair 10 spans

ELIZABETHTOWN — Ten Essex County bridges have been added to a priority list for critical repair funding.

The announcement last week spelled out the need for "scour-critical remediation" in preparation for future flooding.

“Scour” damage to bridges includes erosion and the wear and tear from water flowing against foundations, abutments, piers and embankments.

The funding has been requested by the state from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

BRIDGE LOCATIONS

Of the 10 bridges tagged in Essex County, nine are on Route 73 in Keene and North Elba, and one is on Route 9N.

The funding amount for all 10 totals in excess of $23 million.

The spans listed are: Johns Brook Bridge, Johns Brook Overflow; Beede Bridge; two bridges over the West Branch of the Ausable River in Keene; one bridge over the Cascade Lake outlet; and one bridge over the West Branch of the Ausable River in Jay.

'VITAL LIFELINES'

New York is asking for $518 million to fix flood damage on a total 105 bridges statewide.

A news update on the program indicated these bridges maintain critical access and have to be protected from future flood damage.

“These bridges serve as vital lifelines,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement, “especially during times of severe weather events, which unfortunately have become the new reality in this state.

"This essential program will enable us to strengthen these bridges while extending their service life for New Yorkers who rely on them.”

The bridges support critical emergency-response routes.

“Once complete, the bridge-scour program will protect and strengthen critical transportation routes, assuring transportation access in emergencies and confirming New York’s commitment to providing corridors for continued economic growth,” the news release said.

MUCH COLLABORATION

In June last year, Cuomo called for project priorities under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

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