continued “When you work together collectively, then anything is possible. The county said ‘maybe’ they could reopen it in 10 years. That was unacceptable to the village board, Mayor Wheeler and Town Supervisor Ralph Monforte, and I’m pleased to have been part of this team,” said Village Trustee Tim Mahoney. “In less than a year from the day [the bridge] was closed by NYSDOT, it was reopened, thanks to local support and collaborative efforts between many agencies; the village, town and county.”
Demolition of the bridge began March 12 by Utica-based company Tioga Construction, and workers then installed a new concrete bridge and steel guardrails on both sides during the following month. Although Madison County could not finance the project, county employees provided labor and equipment during construction. The Cazenovia Town Highway Department also assisted, supplying trucks to help with transporting material.
Mahoney was on hand to thank DPW workers and Village Engineer John Dunkle, as well as the town and county, at an informal re-opening ceremony the morning of May 1. In addition to admiring the recent construction and commending all involved, Mahoney helped remove “closed road” signs from the area surrounding the bridge.
“If it wasn’t for the fact we have a great Public Works Administrator and great DPW staff, this wouldn’t have happened for the cost that it did — because we were able to do so much in house — but also, and equally as important, it wouldn’t have happened as quickly as it did,” Mahoney said. “The staff we have in the village are great … they give 110 percent everyday. This is just another example of teamwork within our area. Officials, employees and residents, coming together, embracing the project and making it happen.”
Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.