Bridge project starts Monday in East Bloomfield
Posted at: 06/23/2013 10:03 PM
By: Erinn Cain, staff writer Messenger Post | WHEC.com
Work begins Monday on the bridge carrying Routes 5 and 20 over Mud Creek in East Bloomfield.
The bridge — located just east of the Route 64 intersection — will remain open to alternating, one-way traffic controlled by a temporary traffic signal while the bridge deck is replaced, according to the New York State Department of Transportation.
The bridge deck is the driving surface of the bridge and also protects the underside of the structure, said Lori Maher, regional public information officer for the NYSDOT.
“We want it to be in a nice, solid condition,” she said. “... When we can take good care of our bridges — good care of our assets — we can have them for years to come.”
Maher said the bridge was built in 1933. It has undergone some maintenance work over the years to keep it in service, she said, but there is concrete deterioration, and replacing the bridge deck will extend the bridge’s life.
Maher said the project in East Bloomfield is part of a $4.5 million contract that also includes replacing decks on the bridge carrying Clinton Avenue over Route 104 in Rochester, the Inner Loop bridge near Clinton Avenue in Rochester and the Paul Road bridge in North Chili.
The work is being funded through the NY Works program, which involves federal funding with a 20-percent state match, Maher said.
Each of the bridges is slated to be completed by November.