BLACK BROOK - Work is expected to soon begin on a major artery between the towns of Black Brook and Saranac.
The bridge on Silver Lake Road which spans across the Saranac River, south of the Casey Road intersection, is scheduled to be replaced this month. The new bridge will be constructed of concrete instead of steel used in the current structure.
Clinton County Highway Superintendent Albert H. Rascoe said the need for the replacement is based on the circa 1946 structure receiving a categorization as being "structurally deficient" during an August 2008 Federal Highway Administration inspection.
"It's considered to be below the federal scoring sufficiency, which is the cutoff point for replacing or repairing a bridge structure," Rascoe explained, adding "deteriorated elements" are what led to the determination.
Construction is expected to begin sometime within the next two weeks, dependent on weather conditions, said Rascoe. When the project does begin, the highway superintendent said highly-visible signage will be put in place in advance, marking the detour route. The route will consist of using Guide Board, Swastika, Goodrich Mills and Turnpike roads.
"If you live on the south side of the bridge, it will take a few extra minutes, that's for sure," said Rascoe. "But, if you're traveling through the area, then the detour's not so bad. The residents will be the most affected."
Regardless if you're a nearby resident or just passing through, Rascoe said it will be a good idea to add a little extra time into your travel plans.
"Depending on where you're coming from or what you're doing, the detour may or may not have a big impact on you," he said.
The project will consist of removing the entire existing structure, including its foundation, pouring a new foundation and constructing the new bridge complete with a new deck. Railings on and leading up to the bridge will also be replaced and the portion of road approaching the bridge from both directions will receive new paving.