Ask the Mayor: Community development grants & bridge rehabilitation

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The City of Elmira is allocating funds for a program called Capital Improvements for Community-Based Organizations. Money will be given to organizations that provide services within the city; examples of projects include ADA compliance upgrades and housing rehab projects. For more information, and to apply, click here.

Two bridges in the City of Elmira are set to receive total rehabilitation in 2019.

The rehab process for the Madison Ave. bridge will begin in late spring, and the bridge will remain open while work is being done. The project will cost $1.8 million. Work will begin on the Walnut St. bridge soon after – the Mayor is hoping for it to start in the fall. That project will cost $3.4 million.

The goal is to make the bridges safer.

Both projects are federally funded, meaning they will not rely on local taxpayer money.

The Clemens Center Street bridge was repaired last year by the New York State Department of Transportation and safety has noticeably approved, according to Mayor Mandell.

The Mayor hopes that the Main St. bridge will be worked on next – either in 2020 or 2021.

“In a nutshell, in the next few years, Elmira bridges will be totally rehabbed and that’ll last us for quite a few years,” Mayor Mandell said. He said that after this year’s work, the Madison Ave. and Walnut St. bridges won’t require another rehab for another 15-20 years.

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