Russell Bridge To Close Wednesday

Russell Bridge To Close Wednesday

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The wait is annoying for motorists, but it's about to get worse. The Russell bridge on Route 24 will close around noon Wednesday to be torn down and replaced. Everyone is laying plans for getting where they need to go.

“Run all the way into Hermon and down the Lazy River Road. It's a little out of the way, but not much. We'll make do,” said one motorist.

“Go all the way around. Oh, 5 miles to Hermon, probably seven, eight miles back,” said another.

Last year, state inspectors found the bridge so badly rusted a 10-ton weight limit was imposed. Then it was reduced to one lane. Some people are being stoic about the bridge closure. Some not.

There will be a detour of more than 10 miles for people living on one side of the river just to get to this park south of it. Until noon Wednesday, kids can just walk or bike there.

This could be a painful summer for people who use the bridge for their commute or other tasks. But the reward is coming. A new bridge could be open as soon as Thanksgiving.

“It's going to be worth the wait and it will provide them with a structure for many, many years to come that will be, you know, service the needs of the community,” said Donald Chambers, St. Lawrence County highway superintendent.

When the weight limit was reduced, firetrucks could no longer use the bridge. Nearby departments helped fill the gap. Now, ambulances won't be able to cross either. So one will be parked at Edwards-Knox schools and nearby rescue services will pitch in.

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