St. Lawrence County Bridge Projects Reach Milestones

St. Lawrence County Bridge Projects Reach Milestones

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The Russell bridge is getting its finish coat. Truck after truck arrived Tuesday and a huge boom delivered concrete to waiting construction workers. It could be open in as little as six weeks.

“We're pouring the deck on the Russell bridge on County Route 24. It's an important milestone in the project,” said Donald Chambers, St. Lawrence County Highway superintendent. 

The previous bridge was found to be so badly rusted it had to be weight-restricted in the fall of last year. Then it was restricted to one lane. Then it closed for construction in the spring.

“It certainly has been an inconvenience for the school districts, the fire districts, and the public in general,” said 
Chambers.

It was scheduled to be replaced next year. So that was moved up to this year. Cold weather in recent weeks delayed work. But on Tuesday it was full speed ahead.

The bridge in Russell is not the only one making progress. On Route 11 in DeKalb, the bridge has been restricted to one lane since spring. It's now opening to two lanes. 

Next year it will be widened further so that 10-foot shoulders can run along both sides. The opening beneath is also being enlarged to accommodate CSX trains.

“We brought the bridge up to modern highway standards but it also gives us the opportunity to bring it up the railroad standard too. So it allows us to kill two birds with one stone here,” said Michael Flick, New York State Department of Transportation.

It was just a month ago that the Canton bridge project was completed. Lane restrictions during construction made it the county's worst bottleneck.

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