The State Route 922B bridge in the town of German Flatts and the village of Herkimer will receive a facelift next summer.
An informational meeting was held Monday evening at the Herkimer village office to discuss the work that will be done to the South Washington Street bridge that spans the Erie Canal.
Steve Emrich, a civil engineer with the state Department of Transportation, said the project will extend the service life of the bridge through replacement of the concrete surface and railing and steel and sub-structure repairs. The work, he said, will take about two months to complete.
“During that time, the bridge will be closed,” said Emrich. “The detour route traffic will be directed to follow will be State Route 5S to State Route 28 to State Route 5 to State Route 922B. If you stood on one side of the bridge and had to get to the other — the route would be three miles.”
Specifically, Emrich said the project will consist of hydro demolition and latex modified concrete overlay of the bridge deck wearing surface and replacement of the guide railing to meet standards.
“The total cost of the rehabilitation project will be less than $1 million, which is 17 percent less than the cost of a replacement project, which would cost an estimated $5.5 million,” said Emrich.
A combination of federal and state funds will be used to pay for the $950,000 project, he said.
The project is currently in the draft stage, with the plans, specifications and estimates scheduled to be completed by Jan. 12, 2012. If the project remains on schedule, it is anticipated it will go to bid on April 12, 2012. Construction is scheduled to occur between June and October 2012.
The section of the Erie Canalway Trail near the South Washington Street bridge will remain open during construction, said Emrich. He said the canal also will remain open to traffic during construction.
“The department is currently at the stage where it is gathering information so the needs of the community can be addressed,” said Emrich. “We are interested in hearing concerns from residents, business owners, members of the traveling public and interested persons.”
Written comments should be addressed to Brian Hoffmann, Acting Regional Design Engineer, New York State Department of Transportation, 207 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501.
Public comment on the project must be received by Oct. 17, said Emrich.