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Senior residents voice concern over Bridge Street Bridge construction

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Corning’s Bridge Street Bridge continues to keep traffic off as it nears the end of its third month being closed.

While it may be a slight detour for drivers, those living in the Knoxville Senior Housing Apartments have been finding it very difficult to do the simple chore of grocery shopping.

Geraldine Orvek lives in the senior housing complex. She usually shops at Wegmans off of the Bridge Street Bridge, but without a car, the detour’s distance has made it challenging for her to walk.

Instead, she now goes a couple miles total, back and forth to Tops Market in Corning.

“it’s very inconvenient for all of us,” Orvek said on behalf of her senior citizen community. “On a hot day like this, there’s no way you’re going to walk to Tops, there’s just no way to do it.”

With the use of the bridge, Google Maps shows the Knoxville Senior Housing Apartments are about half of a mile walking distance to Wegmans.

“It’s a good thing it’s being done, and I think everybody has to be patient with that,” Deb Combs, another resident at the Knoxville Senior Housing Apartments, said.

She also said she hopes those, like her, who have issues getting their groceries can have the problem worked out.

“Perhaps maybe even having a bus go over there,” Combs said.

Corning-Erwin Transportation has a Painted Post bus that stops at Wegmans every hour that riders can flag down on East Pulteney Street.

The Department of Public Works and The City of Corning’s Manager and Mayor were unable to be reached for comment on Friday.

The bridge was built in 1937 and this is the first time it has undergone major rehabilitation in two decades.

Its currently going through steel repairs and repainting.

The total cost of the project sits at about $6.5 million. It’s funded by New York State Bridge N.Y. Grant, NYS Department of Transportation and the City of Corning.

Centerway Bridge is the official signed detour for drivers during the remainder of the six month project, which is slated to finish at the end of October.

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