East Syracuse village board prepares for a year of transformation

60 percent of board will change after March elections

— The village was presented with the option of completely closing down the bridge for two weeks or reducing it to just one direction for a month. Police Chief Donald Morris said that the decision to partially close the bridge was made solely for the safety of East Syracuse residents.

“Having [the bridge] blocked going out of the village didn’t seem like an option because we have a lot of emergency responses on Bridge Street,” Morris said. “By closing it, it would delay us by having to go down to Burnet Avenue just to get onto 690 to get over there. It just didn’t seem feasible putting the public at risk in an emergency situation.”

The project is still in its early stages and just went out for bid, so a time frame is still not set in stone. Liedka says he’s asked for the closure to take place in August, when it won’t disrupt school bus routes or snow removal.

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