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Will Bingham Mills Bridge return?

Oct 03, 2014 12:30 am
Art Cusano reports in the River Chronicle that replacing Bingham Mills Road Bridge in Clermont at first seemed a certainty, now some local residents are wondering if its a waste of $1 million. Already, the Columbia County Public Works Committee unanimously approved a resolution for engineering firm Barton & Loguidice to get paid $108,200, “to pursue the superstructure replacement of the Bingham Mills Bridge,” which crosses the Roeliff Jansen Kill near Route 9, where Bingham Mills Road meets Mill Road on the Clermont/Livingston border. The bridge closed in 2012, "due to structural integrity issues," according to Cusano, but a dozen locals, led by Clermont resident Robert Queirolo, attended a meeting at the county building to voice concerns and, temporarily at least, stall construction. “We think the bridge itself is an unnecessary bridge to reopen,” Queirolo, who clocks the time the bridge would save travelers at 16 seconds, said. “That shortcut is, in my opinion, a very poor reason to spend over a million dollars,” Queirolo said. Emergency services have not been affected so far since the bridge has been closed, and now local residents Greg and Donna Fingar, who reside on the Clermont side of the bridge, have volunteered a piece of their property so school buses and others can turnaround at the end of the road. Currently, school buses pick children up at Route 8. Read the full story in the River Chronicle.