PLATTSBURGH — Reconstruction of the Webb Island Footbridge is anticipated to begin Oct. 15.
Depending on the weather, Luck Bros. Inc. plans to complete the project by Christmas, Plattsburgh City Schools Assistant Superintendent for Business David Baroody told the Press-Republican.
The combined construction and architectural engineering costs for the project come to about $550,000, Baroody said.
"Those aforementioned costs were more than the $450,000 in grant money that we generously received from State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh).
"However, by using our annual $100,000 capital outlay project, we will be able to complete this endeavor in its entirety."
Capital outlay projects — which do not require voter approval and are aid-eligible through the State Education Department — cannot exceed $100,000.
So, the district had to separate the footbridge reconstruction into two smaller projects, the larger of which came to $425,065, according to the City School Board of Education's Sept. 12 meeting minutes.
In order to monitor who uses the bridge, the district is considering installing security cameras at both ends and on the bridge's mid-span once reconstruction is complete, Baroody said.
He added that the district is delighted that students who live on the city's south end will soon be able to use the footbridge to get to and from Plattsburgh High School.
"The district is additionally pleased that the footbridge will once again serve as a tremendous community resource that city residents will utilize and enjoy on a daily basis."
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