Lake St. Bridge Update
Written By: Joe Melillo
The Lake Street bridge in Elmira has been closed for more than a year now.
Elmira (WENY) - The Lake Street bridge in Elmira has been closed for more
than a year now. That could change, at least for pedestrians, if the city of
Elmira gets money from the state to help fix it up. City officials are
looking for funding from the Regional Economic Development Council. City
council has two bids to fix the bridge. One plan makes it a bridge for cars,
the second a pedestrian bridge. The city applied for a $2,000,000 grant, and
plans to put up $500,000 for either project. The Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore
favors a pedestrian bridge.
"So what were looking at design wise is thinner, has different guide rails
on it because you don't have traffic. It's pedestrian and light weight, were
looking at having a bump out on it so you can fish from the bridge, put
picnic tables along it. You know we have an idea what it is."
The Regional Economic Development Council will review both projects next
month. If it's approved, the city could get the money by end of August.