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The Times
  • Brindisi secures funding to speed up bridge project

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  • Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, announced the Route 291 bridge over Nine Mile Creek would be repaired sooner than planned, thanks to $3.36 million in state funding.
    Construction was supposed to begin in fall 2015 and take roughly a year, but with the new funding the bridge is now a priority project and construction will begin this year.
    The current Route 291 bridge has been reduced to a single lane with alternating one-way traffic.
    The proposed project will completely replace the current structure with a single-span steel multi-girder, integral abutment bridge with two 11 foot lanes and 6 foot shoulders for a clear roadway width of 34 feet.
    One of the project’s objectives is to remove the bridge from the high risk flood watch list.
    The funding is through the NY Works program, which has expedited priority infrastructure programs and brought millions of dollars in supplemental transportation aid to the Mohawk Valley since it was first established last year.

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