Bridge design work being finished

JOHNSTOWN — Final design work is being done for a bridge project in the city, the Common Council heard in recent departmental reports provided at City Hall.

City Engineer Christopher Vose reported he continues to work with Greenman-Pedersen Inc. on engineering for replacement of the Townsend Avenue Bridge project. He said the project is currently in the final design phase.

Vose also reported that MJ Engineering has completed and submitted the finalized BridgeNY application for another city bridge project — for the West State Street Bridge — to the state Department of TransportatIon. He said all DOT comments and concerns with the draft application have been addressed.

“We anticipate receiving word on what projects are awarded sometime later this fall,” Vose said.

Elsewhere in his report, Vose said maintenance of city-owned properties continues to be ongoing with grass and wood maintenance as well as upkeep for the occupied city-owned buildings.

Department of Public Works crews have been performing hot patch work to areas of the roadways and curbs as needed in various locations around the city.

Vose said DPW has continued the city’s annual maintenance of the Rail Trail this month, trimming trees and repairing railing along the trail where needed.

DPW completed clearing, grubbing and armoring the bank of the Cayadutta Creek in the Washington Street Park area. The city also completed installation of a new fence along the bank.

Vose offered a reminder to all Johnstown property owners of lawn maintenance requirements. DPW monitors the situation around the city. Properties found to be neglecting the maintenance of their lawns will receive letters requiring them to rectify the situation. Failure to do so could result in the DPW completing the work and charging the property owner, in accordance with the city’s Code of Ordinances.

The brush drop off located at West Main and Cayadutta streets continues to be open and available for residential use. DPW will empty the site as needed. The location is for city of Johnstown residential use only, and commercial use is forbidden.

Vose said DPW crews have also been attending to several areas of need in the city’s sanitary and storm sewer systems. The city has replaced multiple catch basins and manholes in various locations. The city has also repaired several areas where exiting sewer pipe has broken or collapsed and was in need of repair.

By Patricia Older