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Albion town approved for bridge, highway truck grants

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 January 2017 at 11:17 am

ALBION – The Town of Albion has been approved for two state grants that will replace a small bridge on Clarendon Road and also pay $50,000 towards a new highway truck.

Highway Superintendent Michael Neidert said he was notified the state approved a $174,000 grant for the small bridge on Clarendon Road, just north of Holley Road. The bridge is about 14 feet long, Neidert said.

That funding is available through a $200 million bridge rehabilitation program announced last July by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Neidert said the town will work with engineer Paul Chatfield to prepare bid specifications for the project, which is 100 percent state funded. Neidert said it could go out to contractors for bid possibly as soon as February. He expects construction would start after the school year and be done in the summer.

“It’s one of the main roads leading to the backside of the school,” Neidert said.

The town also has been approved for a $50,000 grant from State Sen. Robert Ortt through the State & Municipal Facilities Capital Program (SAM). Those funds will go towards the $80,000 cost to replace a single-axle truck.

That truck won’t have plow equipment but will be useful for many projects, Neidert said.

“It upgrades our equipment by replacing a truck from 1993,” he said.

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