Ithaca Bridge Closing For Repairs
September 12, 2013
ITHACA -- (WENY) Over a dozen people came out to Forest Home Chapel, just a mile from the bridge that will soon be closed. Tompkins County is planning to rebuild the one-lane, metal bridge on Forest Home Drive in the Town of Ithaca between Caldwell and Warren Roads.
They plan to fix the support structuring, improve the pedestrian walkway and give the bridge a quieter concrete deck. The cost is about $1.7 million dollars. Over 75 percent is funded through the federal Transportation Enhancement Program to restore the historical bridge which has been around since 1906 .
Some at the meeting were questioning the length of the detour, which directs drivers to Judd Falls Road and Dryden Road. But many said the improvements were a long time coming.
"We've had continuing concerns about the bridge, especially in the last couple of years we've mad several interim repairs and we think that we definitely need to get this project going," said John Lampman, from the Tompkins County Highway Division.
Rebecca Dolch, Pastor at Forest Home Chapel said, "there are plenty of roads in Tompkins County you can get places so it really won't be, it will just be a little nuisance but short term pain long term gain."
Construction is expected to start in a few weeks.