DOT: Route 96 bridge over Mud Creek has to go

Another traffic-snarler is planned for heavily traveled Route 96 in Victor and Farmington.

The state Department of Transportation has secured funding for the replacement of the bridge that carries Route 96 over Mud Creek. Construction is planned for the 2018 summer season.

The 88-year-old Route 96 bridge, which falls between East Victor and McMahon roads, is in need of full replacement, according to state DOT officials.

DOT Regional Public Information Officer Lori Maher said the existing structure is a Jack Arch structure, which has a life expectancy of about 50 years.

“We got our money’s worth out of this one reaching 88 years,” Maher said. “We wouldn’t expect to have to replace this (new) one again for at least another 75 years.”

The existing bridge will be completely replaced by a single-span, multi-girder steel bridge with a cast-in-place concrete deck and integral abutments, she said. It will carry two 12-foot-wide lanes of traffic, one in each direction of travel, and two 8-foot shoulders.

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