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The Times
  • South Ann Street bridge project could be delayed

  • The members of the Little Falls Board of Public Works met Wednesday night to discuss the status of the South Ann Street bridge project.

    The deteriorating bridge has been an issue since it was red flagged by the state Department of Transportation. And although the bridge is no longer up to state standards Mayor Robert Peters said the bridge still has a purpose.

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  • The members of the Little Falls Board of Public Works met Wednesday night to discuss the status of the South Ann Street bridge project.
    The deteriorating bridge has been an issue since it was red flagged by the state Department of Transportation. And although the bridge is no longer up to state standards Mayor Robert Peters said the bridge still has a purpose.
    “The bridge serves as a transportation route for National Grid, the DPW and the sewer line,” he said.
    The Board of Public Works is currently in the process of choosing a bidder who will supply the steel needed to repair the bridge. Mayor Peters said the board has taken interest in one bid because of it’s low offer, but due to the possibility of an extended amount of time to receive the steel, the board could decide to reconsider. If the board was to accept the bid it would cause the project to move off of schedule, the mayor said.
    “We are still looking into other bids, but the cost seems to be almost 10 percent more. If we don’t find one that is not affordable we won’t do it. I want to keep the price of the project down and save the taxpayers money,” said Peters.
    The project will take about six months to complete, but it must begin in July.
    “This is when the canal’s water levels are at their lowest point, which is important when starting re-construction of the bridge,” said Peters.
    If the steel does not arrive in time it could cause a delay and deter project completion in December. If this happened the bridge would have to be closed until next spring.
    “I don’t want to have to close the bridge. It is very important to keep it open in case of an emergency,” said Peters.
    The board plans to choose a bid on June 19. Peters said if the board does not receive a low-cost bid he will consider postponing the project for next summer.
    If the board chooses a bid, it must be approved by the city’s Common Council.

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