New Rensselaer Falls bridge reopens to traffic, replaces old truss bridge
By CRAIG FREILICH
RENSSELAER FALLS – The new bridge over the Oswegatchie River that was closed for reconstruction over the last six months has opened to traffic.
The old truss bridge it replaced was deemed inadequate and would have not been cost effective to repair, according the St. Lawrence County Highway Superintendent Toby Bogart.It was scheduled for replacement after inspection of the old bridge revealed that “the style and nature of the truss bridge would have been difficult to repair, so it was not cost effective to rehabilitate it, especially with today’s load standards,” Bogart said.
The $3 million project on the bridge along County Rt. 14 took six months and two weeks to complete, a bit longer than originally planned.
“We had to make a contract extension to get the sewer line up and running,” Bogart said.
During the last week of November, testing of a new sewer line running under the bridge revealed that there was too much movement in the line, so it was reinforced.