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May 18, 2016 - 2:09pm

Public info meeting June 15 on Tonawanda Creek Bridge Rehab project at River Street

Press release:

The Genesee County Highway Department will conduct a Public Information Meeting to discuss the River Street over Tonawanda Creek Bridge Rehabilitation project in the City of Batavia. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on June 15 in the Council Board Room, 2nd Floor City Hall, One Batavia City Centre in Batavia.

The project will involve the rehabilitation of the River Street Bridge over Tonawanda Creek. The preferred alternative is to replace the existing bridge superstructure while reusing the existing concrete abutments and pier. The rehabilitated structure will maintain the current 34-foot roadway width and the 5-foot wide sidewalk on the east side of the bridge. The project will include new bridge rail and minimal approach reconstruction.

The project is being progressed as Project Identification Number (PIN 4760.62), by the Genesee County Highway Department, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). At present, the project is in the preliminary design phase.  Representatives from the Genesee County Highway Department, NYSDOT, and Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C., will be available at the meeting to answer questions and obtain comments on the proposed project from individuals, groups, officials and local agencies.

Questions regarding this meeting may be addressed to Mr. Timothy Hens, P.E., Superintendent, Genesee County Highway Department at (585) 344-8508.

Eric [Rick] von...
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Can't believe it needs work already, Bill Ferando, Jim Luttrell and I rebuilt that bridge, not that long ago !!!

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Eric, better look it up. Not that long ago I went to Pembroke High with your brother. It was in the late sixties.

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Lol Rick--was 42 years ago when it was built. Needs a new deck--the concrete beams are coming apart underneath.

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Biggest thing we are seeking is feedback from residents on whether the River St bridge should be closed completely while replaced or staged so that at least one lane remains open at a time. Initial studies showed that a one-lane closure would back traffic up onto Main St and cause delays with traffic at River St and into the Rt 63 intersection.

The County also considered a southbound detour (Rt 98 or South Lyons St) and allowing northbound traffic to use one lane to continue to Main St, but the project takes longer to build and costs about $150,000 more to construct rather than a full closure.

Please show up at the Public Information Meeting on June 15th if you have concerns or comments regarding the project.

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