Marcellus bridge, roadwork continue on Route 174

The history of roadwork along Route 174 in the Village of Marcellus is a long one, but Mayor Mike Plochocki is hopeful construction is completed before winter hits.

"We're hoping that all of the actual infrastructure will be in place by fall," he said.

Route 174 is the last of the major streets in the village that were slated for reconstruction while former mayor Fred Eisenberg was in office. During his tenure, Eisenberg and the village board had wanted to redo South, North and Main streets and when he left office in 2006, South and Main streets had been completed using grant money and village funds, Plochocki said. North Street, also Route 174, was the only remaining project.

Due to the road's designation as a state route, the DOT has full control over the maintenance of it and the municipality is not supposed to do any reconstructive work unless in an emergency situation, Plochocki said.

"On the one hand that means the state pays for it. On the other hand, the village is on the state's timeline," he said.

In December 2007, the New York State Department of Transportation began working on Route 174 by cutting down trees and work started picking up speed this spring.

According to DOT field project engineer Mike Kovar, the project includes rehabilitation to the bridge, the street, curbing, moving the village's waterlines and improving drainage.

"I believe the bridge ... the main part of the job was the bridge and the bridge was due for a rehab due to its age," Kovar said.

Plochocki said that the state notified the village that, while the bridge was not necessarily unsafe, it was in need of rehabilitation.

"We were originally hoping that the bridge would be finished by the start of school next week," Plochocki said. "Obviously, that is not the case."

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