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Bridge work completed in Moriah, set for Minerva

The Moriah Center Bridge was re-opened after Essex County road crews reconstructed the bridge last week.

The Moriah Center Bridge was re-opened after Essex County road crews reconstructed the bridge last week. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— The Moriah Center Bridge was just one of two major headaches for Essex County DPW Director Anthony LaVigne recently.

Along with having to replace a vital span in Moriah Center which serves around 3,000 cars per day, the county DPW department also received word from the New York State Department of Transportation that the Gouchie Road bridge in Minerva had been tagged with the fatal “red flag.”

”We originally placed a limitation of three tons on the bridge and then closed it to traffic on Aug. 16,” LaVigne said.

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Gouchie Road bridge over Trout Brook, Minerva

He added that, unlike the Moriah Center Bridge which is still a year away from a complete reconstruction, the Gouchie Road bridge is scheduled to be replaced this fall.

“We are looking at the bridge and will do a quick bridge and restore it as soon as possible,” he said.

Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery-Corey said that she had been approached by a resident about having lights running off a generator around the bridge.

“We have talked about solar powered lighting,” LaVigne said. “The problem with a generator would be that some neighbors may not like the noise.”

LaVigne also updated the Moriah Center project, where county employees and contractors went to work on a temporary bridge Aug. 13 and completed the work Aug. 17.

“The red flag was like the perfect storm for us,” LaVigne said. “It was addressed quickly, professionally and with a lot of hard work. I want to say a public thank you to the county employees, Reale Construction from Ticonderoga and Greenman and Pederson engineers.”

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