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Canal bridge in Murray closed after inspection shows deteriorating steel

Posted 25 September 2017 at 4:55 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: This photo from March 2015 shows the Telegraph Road canal bridge in Murray.

Press Release, State DOT

MURRAY – The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that the bridge carrying Telegraph Road over the Erie Canal in the town of Murray, Orleans County, will close to traffic tomorrow morning until further notice.

The closure is the result of a recent bridge inspection and engineering analysis that identified deteriorating steel.  The bridge had been posted with a maximum weight restriction of 4 tons.

No official detour will be posted, but Groth Road over the Erie Canal is approximately a half mile to the west. State Route 237 is about one mile to the east.

The Telegraph Road bridge is a single lane, steel truss bridge built in 1911. Approximately 600 vehicles use this canal crossing each day. The bridge is one of seven canal bridges in Orleans County scheduled to be rehabilitated beginning next summer.

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