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Otis Bridge replacement begins

The Essex County Board of Supervisors

The Essex County Board of Supervisors Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The new Otis Bridge is starting to take shape in New Russia.

Construction crews have started the work to replace the bridge, and members of the Essex County Public Works Committee were briefed on the project by DPW Supervisor Tony LaVigne.

“Both abutments have been poured and are in the curing stage,” LaVigne said at the Dec. 17 meeting. “We are seeking a crane service to remove the old bridge and install the new bridge. Steel will be set with contracted service and county personnel, and the road has been completed with county work.”

After removal, the old bridge will be moved to the Essex County fairgrounds to be used as a footbridge.

The bridge, which was first named for replacement by the county in 2005, will be worked on by the county and Luck Brothers Construction out of Plattsburgh. It will have a 40-ton weight limit and service summer camps and timber land.

LaVigne also reported that work on Old Military Road in North Elba had been suspended for winter and would be continued when the weather improved next spring.

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