Ticonderoga A quartet of Ticonderoga bridges have been identified as needing repair or replacement.
The Tower Avenue, Montcalm Street, Lord Howe Street and Alexandria Avenue spans are all scheduled for work, according to Ti Supervisor Deb Malaney.
The Tower Avenue bridge, also known as Elk Drive bridge, across the LaChute River will be replaced in the spring of 2014, Malaney said, by the Essex County Highway Department. The project is expected to take six months to complete and cost $1.7 million. The cost will be borne by the Federal Highway Administration, the New York State Department of Transportation and Essex County.
The existing bridge has been deemed “structurally deficient.”
A public hearing on the project was recently with representatives of the county high department and Greenman-Pedersen Engineering of Albany.
The new bridge will have a life of 75 years, provide pedestrian and bicycle access, and fit the historic character of the area.
Malaney said the new bridge will be constructed off site and brought in to replace the existing span to minimize traffic disruptions. Still, she said, there will be a period of time when Tower Avenue will be closed and traffic detoured.
The new span will be designed to resemble the nearby Frazier Bridge, the original crossing on the LaChute River. The Frazier Bridge, now a pedestrian walkway, was rebuilt and dedicated July 8, 2011.
The Frazier Bridge was originally built in 1894 replacing an iron bridge that only lasted 10 years. It is a compression-style bridge and one of the very few double-arched stone bridges of this type in existence.
The second part of the bridge restoration project in Ticonderoga will be repair of the Montcalm Street bridge in 2016.
“The Montcalm Street bridge needs a major overhaul,” Malaney said. “Plans are being made for 2016, but the extent of the work isn’t known yet.”
Maloney expects that project to impact traffic on Ticonderoga’s main street and business district.
“We’ll have to make allowances (for traffic) as the plans are completed,” she said.
Dates have not yet been set, but bridges on Alexandria Avenue and Lord Howe Street will either be repaired or replaced following the Montcalm Street project.
“There is (grant) money available for bridges right now,” Malaney said. “We want to take full advantage of that.”