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Moriah Center bridge ‘flagged’ by DOT

Weigh limit placed on span

The Moriah Center bridge, which is scheduled to be replaced next year, has been “red flagged” by the state Department of Transportation. A DOT inspection Aug. 1 determined the span should not carry traffic weighing 5 tons of more.

The Moriah Center bridge, which is scheduled to be replaced next year, has been “red flagged” by the state Department of Transportation. A DOT inspection Aug. 1 determined the span should not carry traffic weighing 5 tons of more.

— That’s no surprise to Scozzafava.

“We have a lot of people who use that bridge to get to work at the (Moriah Shock) prison and to Elizabethtown (the county seat,” he said. “There are two hamlets with about 3,000 people living north of the bridge and another 2,000 people south of the bridge in Port Henry. That’s a busy area.”

Scozzafava noted four roads — Plank Road, Witherbee Road, Moriah Road and Ensign Pond Road — intersect at the bridge.

“The logistics of replacing that bridge while maintaining a flow of traffic are challenging,” the supervisor said.

Placing a temporary span at the site while the Moriah Center Bridge is being replaced is crucial, Scozzafava said.

“If you simply close that bridge it would be devastating to the people who use it and the businesses in the area,” he said.

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