Elmira Receives Bridge Rehabilitation Funding

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The City of Elmira is receiving nearly $6 million to fix two of its bridges.

The funding comes from a project called BRIDGE NY, which is aimed at improving the state’s infrastructure.

Just over $2.2 million will be used towards the Madison Avenue bridge and over $3.3 million for the Walnut Street bridge.

Engineers say the funding will save Elmira money now and in the future.

“We’re very lucky in this region with the funding we got,” Elmira City Engineer Craig Southard said. “It’s two large projects for us that would be very difficult to fund internally, so I think ultimately what it means is the majority of our bridges will be rehabbed in the next three years and that should buy us another 25 years… that is the goal.”

Southard says construction on both bridges will begin in 2019.

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