Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Route 86 Bridge in Wilmington to Close Starting Monday

Motorists are advised that the Route 86 bridge over the West Branch of the Ausable River in Wilmington, Essex County, will be closed starting on Monday, March 2 for a bridge replacement project.

The new bridge is expected to be opened in time for June 1.

The Department will post signs alerting residents and visitors that businesses near the bridge are open.

The Department is replacing the aging bridge, which opened in 1935 and carries approximately 2,000 motor vehicles per day. Shoulders on the new structure will be widened to allow for safer bicycle use. Decorative lighting will also be installed. Overhead utility lines on and near the bridge will also be relocated. The Department is using precast concrete components as part of the construction of the new bridge to help minimize the closure duration.

Detours will be posted directing motorists to Springfield Road (Essex County Road 83) and Fox Farm Road (Essex County Road 63).

The bridge will also be closed to pedestrians during the closure period.

Route 86 crosses the West Branch of the Ausable River twice. The one being replaced is in the hamlet area, not the one out by the Hungry Trout.

It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully in the vicinity of this construction zone, for their own safety and the safety of workers.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit www.511NY.org, or our new mobile site at m.511ny.org.

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