Drivers hoping to use the bridge between Broadfield and Enders roads will have to take a detour until the fall season, and while residents have expressed concern about daily travel time, the local government's main concern has been Manlius fire department's access to residences south of the bridge.
Planning for the demolition and reconstruction of the bridge just south of the Manlius Fire Station No. 2 at the northern end of Pompey Center Road originally began in 2004, after state inspectors decided that the 80-year-old structure needed to be replaced.
"The bridge was built in the 1920s," said Paul Hood, bridge engineer for the Onondaga county department of transportation and program director for the project on the Pompey Center Road bridge. "The existing structure is going to be demolished and completely replaced."
Hood said in a phone interview that the re-opening of the short section of road between Broadfield and Enders roads in Manlius was scheduled for Oct. 15. Hood said the project is currently on schedule, but that the October end date is weather-dependent.
Manlius Mayor Richard Penhall sent out a memo ensuring residents that the construction would not noticeably impact the Manlius fire department's response time from Station No. 2, which sits just north of the bridge.
"We are confident that all residents who are served by Station No. 2 will not be adversely impacted by the county's bridge construction," Penhall said.
Aside from announcing several proactive steps the town has taken to compensate for the detour, Penhall noted that during daytime hours, the town's fire and EMS services come almost exclusively out of Manlius Station No. 1 on Stickley Drive, and that there will be no impact on its protocol or response rates.
Since Station No. 2 sits north of the bridge and will not be able to use its direct route south, Penhall said there would be an upgraded mutual aid response with Manlius's neighboring fire departments through the 911 center.