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North Lake Street bridge will close for about a year

That $5,000-plus-per-day cost doesn't include county or subcontracted labor to do the job, either. According to Wisinski, the repairs on each bridge will take only a few hours, but the insurance must be purchased as an annual policy.

"It's going to be closed, anyway," Wisinski said. "I question the wisdom of spending $6,000 a day to repair a bridge that's going to be replaced later this year."

As of press time, Wisinski said it looked as though the railroad would accept one insurance policy for both jobs, saving the county $2,600. He said the bridge probably would go to bid by April, and construction would begin mid-July, depending on weather.

The closing of the bridge, regardless of how soon it happens, will be particularly inconvenient for those north of the railroad. Cut off from other means of ingress and egress by the Thruway and railroad, the only access to North Lake Street homes will be by way of Route 46 north of the city.

Asked if the project would be completed one lane at a time as was done for a state Thruway bridge project last year on Route 46 north of the city of Oneida, Wisinski said it wasn't feasible.

"That would significantly increase the cost of the replacement," Wisinski said.

The projects are not eligible for any type of state or federal reimbursement, Wisinski said.

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