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Town to replace Irish Road Bridge, approves water district

— The Skaneateles Town Board last week voted to approve the rebuilding of the Irish Road Bridge at a cost of approximately $150,000.

The single-lane bridge, built around 1924, is deteriorating due to old age with fatigue in the concrete, said Town Highway Superintendent Jim Card.

His department will tear out the bridge and build a new one made of aluminum and having two lanes instead of one, using a “bridge kit” similar to the one used for the repair of the Sheldon Road bridge in 2010, Card told the town board at its April 5 meeting.

The project, which has been anticipated for some time but not expected to occur so soon, will be paid for out of the Highway Department’s current budget surplus generated by the mild winter and the lack of expenditures on plowing and salting the roads, Card said.

He expects the project to take 30 to 45 days to complete, during which time the bridge will be closed and traffic detoured.

At the meeting, the town board also closed its continued public hearing on VSM Enterprises’ request to extend the consolidated water district and unanimously approved the request.

VSM Enterprises, LLC, is the company that owns Victory Sports Medicine, currently located at 791 W. Genesee St. The company last year purchased 99 acres of land two miles east of its current location to build a new facility and has been working to extend the consolidated water district out to the land.

The original public hearing on the issue has been extended twice due to the town board’s concerns over possible adverse effects the extension could have on water district No. 2 service. At the board’s March 15 meeting, it was decided that water line testing needed to be done during high-use times to ensure that extending the district would not adversely affect water pressure to the current consolidated district users.

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