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State seeks to replace deteriorating bridge

The Route 22B bridge has been the scene of many accidents

This bridge carries traffic over the Saranac River along Route 22B. New York state plans to replace it due to deterioration.

This bridge carries traffic over the Saranac River along Route 22B. New York state plans to replace it due to deterioration. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

The state plans to reconstruct 0.2 miles of Route 22B, including the intersections of Mason Street, Rand Hill Road and Bushey Street.

It would replace the current bridge with a new truss-type structure with two 11-foot-wide travel lanes, 8-foot-wide shoulders and a 5-foot-6-inch-wide sidewalk on both sides.

The new, single-span structure would be roughly 170 feet long.

New curb and sidewalk would be built on both sides of the roadway, while Rand Hill Road would be slightly realigned for safety.

Drainage would be improved, waterlines and utilities replaced and new guide rails installed.

New York state considered alternatives, including continued maintenance and structure rehabilitation, but they were deemed costly and inadequate. Maintaining the current bridge would result in its eventual closure in the future.

None of the alternatives were pursued.

“We are looking to do it for replacement instead of rehabilitation,” Flick said.

The draft-design report is complete and has been sent to the main office for approval. Once approved, the $9-million project goes to the final-design phase and then out the door for construction.

“We are looking to start spring 2014 and be done by summer or fall,” Flick said. “This will be a one-season project.”

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