UPDATE: The Madison Ave. bridge will be closed until June, according to Chemung County Legislator Rodney Strange.
Pedestrians will be forced to walk or bike over the Lake St. bridge if they wish to get to the south side of Elmira from this area.
Vehichles will be put on a detour to the Clemens Center Parkway Bridge.
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Traffic on the Madison Ave. bridge in Elmira has been limited to one lane due to construction.
Elmira Mayor Dan Mandell told 18 News that the rehab process for the bridge would begin in late spring, and remain open while work is being done. The project will cost $1.8 million and is federally funded.
“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.