Thursday, October 29, 2020

Cross Over the Bridge

The Ferry Street Bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic since early October 2014, when Bill Hallenbeck was mayor. Funds for rebuilding the bridge were secured in April 2016, when Tiffany Martin was mayor. At that time, it was projected that, according to the timeline determined by the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT), construction of the bridge would begin in 2020. A preliminary design for the bridge was presented at a public meeting in October 2018, when Rick Rector was mayor, and public comment was solicited.

The next step in the process was to be final design, but for a number of reasons, chief among them being the pandemic, the process was delayed.

At the Common Council Public Works and Parks Committee meeting last night, Rob Perry, DPW superintendent, shared the good news that the NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act) determination had been made, and DOT has given its approval to proceed to final design. This step in the process involves another round of public input.

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