West State Street bridge to be replaced

The West State Street Bridge in Johnstown, seen Tuesday, is due to be replaced. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — Three consulting firms submitted proposals to the city for a $551,000 project to replace the West State Street Bridge, the Common Council heard Monday night at City Hall.

City Engineer Christopher Vose reported to the council that three firms applied to be consultant for the project, as of a Friday deadline.

The council in March formally committed to a $551,000 project to replace the West State Street Bridge. As part of DOT’s 2016 Bridge New York Program, the city was awarded that amount toward replacement of the bridge. Also known as the Route 29 bridge, it is located over the Cayadutta Creek near Mohan’s Stop & Shop.

Vose said he is “hoping” to present a resolution to the council at its June 19 meeting to appoint a consulting firm.

The project is expected to start no later than 18 months from the award date, and be completed within three years. The federal share of the project is 95 percent, and the non-federal share is 5 percent.

Vose also reported paperwork related to landing a grant through the Dormitory Authority of the state of New York passed an “initial stage.” A project to replace the former Miller Street Bridge may be funded by the grant.

The former Miller Street bridge area over the Cayadutta Creek is currently closed. It was taken down after being cited by the state Department of Transportation as a deteriorating structure. The city has been planning an in-house project using the city Department of Public Works to replace the span with a prefabricated bridge.

Vose also discussed the possibility of having to do a state Environmental Quality Review, or SEQR, for a culvert project at 107 E. Main St. The culvert is near the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center and it needs work. He said he’s not sure who will do that SEQR work.

“I would like to consult with somebody,” the city engineer said.

Elsewhere in his report, Vose said DPW is tackling a “long list” of maintenance work in the city.

He reminded the public the city’s brush dropoff area on West Main Street is open.

“We are not going to be collecting curbside brush till we do leaves in the fall,” Vose said.

By Patricia Older

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