County approves $300K contract to fix bridge in Carlton
CARLTON – The Lakeside Bridge in Carlton, north of Kuckville, will get significant repairs over the winter and will be closed to traffic several hours during work days.
The Orleans County Legislature on Thursday approved a $308,126 construction bid from C.P. Ward in Scottsville.
The Lakeside Bridge will get new deck panels, expansion bearings on the east end and underside truss bearings.
The federal government is paying 80 percent of the costs, with the state paying 15 percent and the county the remaining 5 percent.
The bridge is the only way across Johnson Creek in the area known as the peninsula by Lake Ontario. The contractor can’t close off the bridge for months while the work is done because residents and service vehicles need to get across.
John Papponetti, the county highway superintendent, said he expects work to start next month and be complete in early April.
The contractor will likely have the bridge closed to traffic from 8 to 11 a.m. and then from noon to 3 p.m. on days when the contractor is on site. That will keep the bridge open to traffic for most of the day, and still allow contractors to get work done.
Papponetti said the contractor will develop a schedule – which is dependent on weather – and that will be communicated with residents in the community.