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Waterport bridge reopens to emergency vehicles today

Staff Reports Posted 22 October 2014 at 12:00 am

WATERPORT – A bridge that has been closed the past five months for $1.5 million in repairs will reopen today to emergency vehicles.

Fire trucks and ambulances can get through, but other motorists will have to wait until a final inspection on the bridge on Route 279. This is the longest county-owned bridge. It stretches 700 feet across Lake Alice and the Oak Orchard Creek.

Keeler Construction in Barre was hired to make repairs to the bridge. Many of the concrete box beams that support the bridge were badly deteriorated and needed to be replaced. The bridge also has a new surface with concrete, rubber membrane and blacktop.