Public Works Association honors work at Waterport bridge

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 February 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
David Callard (center), chairman of the Orleans County Legislature, speaks during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 17, 2014, when the bridge on Route 279 was reopened following repairs.

The project was honored by the Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association during a banquet on Jan. 29. The Orleans County Highway Department was recognized along with the state Department of Transportation, LaBella Associates and Keeler Construction Company for their work on the project.

Orleans County Legislator Ken DeRoller, right, stands with Jerry Gray, the county highway superintendent, on Wednesday to highlight the bridge’s recognition by the APWA for projects that cost less than $5 million.

The bridge was closed for five months last year while it received $1.5 million in upgrades, including new railings, repairs to concrete piers, a new deck, asphalt top, two new fascia beams and drainage improvements.

The bridge is the longest county-owned span at 700 feet, crossing Lake Alice and the Oak Orchard River.