Friday, December 10, 2021

Entering the Final Phase

Recently someone posted a picture of the closed Ferry Street Bridge on Facebook, and it elicited, unintentionally, a barrage of disgruntled comments along the lines of "Will it ever be repaired?" and "Isn't it fixed yet?" and "Not in our lifetimes." 

The bridge has been closed for more than seven years now, since October 2014. In April 2016, Mayor Tiffany Martin announced that funds had been secured to rebuild the bridge. The money, $250,000, was coming through the NYS Department of Transportation, and the press release announcing the good news cautioned: "As with all federally aided projects administered by NYS DOT, in order to receive this funding, the project must be executed per DOT's prescribed timeline." In the schedule originally provided by DOT, bridge construction was to begin in 2020.

There were delays and then a pandemic, but the project continued to move forward. Now, we are in the final design phase, and construction of the new bridge is expected to happen in 2022. 

On Wednesday, December 15, at 6:00 p.m., DPW superintendent Rob Perry is hosting a virtual Public Participation Meeting to present an update on the Ferry Street Bridge reconstruction project and give the public a chance to provide feedback and ask questions about the bridge's redesign. 

Click here for more information about the virtual meeting. Gossips will publish the link to the Zoom meeting as soon as it's available.

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