Harrison Street Bridge To Be Replaced, Street To Close July 1

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JAMESTOWN – The Harrison Street Bridge over the Chadakoin River will be closed to traffic starting July 1 as crews will replace the bridge, according to an announcement Tuesday from Chautauqua County’s Department of Public Works.

The bridge replacement is scheduled to last approximately five months with a plan to re-open the bridge in November 2019.

Harrison Street between Foote Avenue and Main Street will be closed to thru traffic during construction and a detour will be posted utilizing Foote, Main, Second and Fourth Streets. A separate truck detour will be posted as well due to the low clearances on the railroad viaduct on Foote and Main Streets.

“The existing bridge has severely deteriorated as the original stone bridge foundations have reached the end of their useful life,” said Brad Bentley Chautauqua County Director of Public Facilities. “When the replacement bridge is in place, the Harrison Street Bridge will have a safe crossing with no structural deficiencies and an expected service life of 50 to 75 years.”

The Harrison Street Bridge replacement project was submitted by Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities to New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and was selected by the NYSDOT as a Locally Administered Federally Aided project. In being selected, the approximate $3 million cost of the bridge replacement project will be paid for by a combination of Federal, State, and Local funds, with over 95 percent of the cost being paid for by Federal and State funds.

The Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities said they’ve made efforts to minimize the length of the time to complete this important infrastructure project.

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