SHESHEQUIN — After summer-long rainfall delayed a bridge project on Goose Hollow Road, township supervisors are finally able to move forward with endeavor with the spring months ahead.
Supervisor Kurt Lafy said officials approved the purchase of a new aluminum box culvert bridge this week to replace the aged bridge on that roadway.
“We were supposed to do this last year, but all the rain we got forced us to put it off because our crews were too busy fixing the roads,” he said. “And you can’t head into October or November and start replacing a bridge with the winter months around the corner.”
Lafy clarified that there are two bridges located on Goose Hollow Road — one of which is a county-owned bridge, which was replaced several years ago.
“The bridge we’re replacing is closer to (the intersection of) River Road — on the western side of Goose Hollow,” he said.
The purchase of the aluminum box culvert structure is constructed similar to an erector set — meaning that the township’s own employees will install the bridge, Lafy explained.
He added that this method means that the bridge will be completed relatively quickly by bridge-construction standards, and cost “in the neighborhood of” $150,000 to $160,000.
“By the time it’s all said and done, we’ll probably have saved around $500,000 from if we had gone the standard way of replacing it,” he said. “In fact, we’re saving so much that we’re pretty confident that it should allow us to do another bridge replacement next year.”
Supervisors have their eyes on one of the bridges on Crowley Hollow Road for that potential endeavor, said Lafy.
“With the savings across these two projects combined, we could save the township around $1 million, and that’s huge,” he said.
In other township news, officials are looking to purchase a new tractor during a special meeting slated for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the municipal building.
Lafy explained that the municipality’s current tractor is from the 1950s and needs to be replaced.
“It doesn’t owe us a dime, but we also don’t want to put a dime into it,” he quipped.
That purchase is expected to cost approximately $50,000, Lafy added.