A major facelift is on the way for two bridges in Elmira.
The bridges on Madison Ave and Walnut Street are set to undergo a major renovation later this year. The bridges are part of a larger state funded program to improve local bridges throughout New York, which means the city will only have to pay 5% of the entire project.
Mayor Mandell says,it’s a big deal for the city to make those bridges safe.
“Bridges are important,” said Mayor Mandell, “Obviously you don’t want a bridge to collapse, and obviously we’re not at that point yet, but were going to make sure they’re in really good shape for the next 15 to 20 years”.
The bridges were chosen for a renovation based on their current conditions.
“People remember the Lake Street bridge ended up getting closed and we didn’t have the funds to do that,” Mandell continues. “Luckily, the federal government has come through. We applied for this money, we were awarded this money so this is a great thing for the city and for the residents.”
The Madison Ave bridge project will start in late Spring with hopes it will be completely by early Fall. The bridge will be done one lane at a time. Both bridges are expected to be complete by 2020.
The Lake Street bridge will be a pedestrian bridge. The city hopes to start rehabbing it within the next year.