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Prattsville may get new bridges

Dec 11, 2014 12:39 pm
Julia Reischel in The Watershed Post reports that there's a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thu., Dec. 11 at the Prattsville Community Church about replacing the steel truss bridge that carries Route 23A over the Schoharie Creek in 2016. The New York State Department of Transportation wants to replace the bridge, which was built in 1949, and was repaired in 2012 after workers found a crack in its steel, after floodwaters during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 overcame the bridge. "The idea would be to put something where the existing structure is, and then remove the old structure," he said. "That would impact traffic as minimally as possible." The Prattsville bridge is one of 105 bridges across New York that will be repaired or replaced using $518 million in funds from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Another bridge in Prattsville, which carries Route 23A over Huntersfield Creek, is also slated for repairs under the program, as are the Route 42 bridge over the Westkill in Lexington and the Route 296 bridge over the East Kill in Jewett. In Columbia County, in Hillsdale, the Route 22 bridge over Roeliff Jansen Kill and in Claverack the Route 9H bridge over Taghkanic Creek are also in the program. Read the full story in the Watershed Post.
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