FALCONER, N.Y.: -- The County Route (CR) 18 Bridge over the Prendergast Creek in the Town of North Harmony will be closed to traffic starting May 13, 2020, so that this bridge can be replaced. The bridge replacement is expected to last approximately five months.
As part of the bridge replacement, CR 18 between CR 33 and Potter Road will be closed to thru traffic during construction and a detour will be posted utilizing CR 33, Webber Road and Morris Road.
“The existing structure has been identified as needing replacement due to deficiencies in the steel girders, concrete decking, and bridge abutments,” said Brad Bentley Chautauqua County Director of Public Facilities. “The bridge railings need to be upgraded to conform to current standards, as well. When the replacement bridge is in place, the CR 18 Bridge will have a safe crossing with no structural deficiencies and an expected service life of 50 to 75 years.”
The CR 18 Bridge replacement project was submitted by Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities to New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and was selected as a BRIDGENY funded project. In being selected, the approximate $1.4 million construction cost of the bridge replacement project will be paid for with 95% Federal Funds and 5% Local funds.
New York State has identified local construction projects such as this bridge replacement project as essential construction projects in that if this project is not completed, it would present a safety or health risk to the travelling public. All contractors will be required to adhere to the Federal and State guidelines as it relates to coronavirus protections.