Main Street lift bridge will close to traffic next week in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 September 2019 at 3:15 pm

Village DPW needs to make road repair from Jan. 1 water leak

File photo by Tom Rivers: The Village of Department of Public Works had to dig down on Main Street, just north of the Erie Canal lift bridge, to fix a water leak on Jan. 1, 2019. The Village DPW next week will repair the section of the road to state Department of Transportation standards. The DPW did a temporary restoration in January.

ALBION – The Main Street lift bridge will be closed to traffic beginning Monday so a full road restoration can be made just north of the bridge. The bridge could be closed to traffic until Friday.

The Village of Albion Department of Public Works on Jan. 1 was forced to cut into the road and dig down to a water main after a big leak was discovered.

The Village DPW will dig down again about 6 to 7 feet next week, and will check on the water main to make sure the fix is holding, said Jay Pahura, the DPW superintendent.

The DPW then needs to restore the road the state Department of Transportation standards, with layers of sand, crusher-run and flowable fill, topped by 14 inches of pavement.

The DOT is bringing in a saw to cut through the 14 inches of pavement. The County Highway Department will help haul material to the site.

The DPW also needs to reset granite curbing and sidewalks at the site.

Pahura said there is a chance the work won’t take five days and the bridge could reopen to traffic sooner. The bridge will remain operational for any boat traffic during the week.

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