New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas today announced that construction has begun on a $1.2 million project to replace the bridge carrying Route 96 over Mud Creek in the Town of Victor, Ontario County. There are currently no weight restrictions for travel, however the 100-year-old bridge has exceeded its useful life. The structure will be removed and replaced using a concrete deck with two travel lanes and 6-foot wide shoulders.
“Modernizing and improving local infrastructure is a smart investment for New York State. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s support of these projects, bridges like this are no longer going unnoticed, Acting Commissioner Karas said. “Commuters in Ontario county will undoubtedly see the immediate benefits of this project.”
The existing bridge is set to close to traffic on April 16th. Traffic will be detoured for both passenger vehicles and commercial trucks. Construction is scheduled to be completed in late July.
In addition to replacing the existing structure, the new bridge allows a less restrictive flow of water from Mud Creek, as abutments will be raised, creating a larger floodplain underneath.
The new bridge will facilitate critical access for local businesses and residences between Victor, Farmington, and Canandaigua.
Consistent with Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, this bridge project was designed to minimize impacts to the traveling public. The bridge is being closed to all traffic so that work can be completed most efficiently. Two types of detours will be put in place.
During the replacement phase of the bridge project, a small portion of Route 96 will close for approximately three months. A detour will be posted for motorists to use Plastermill Road and McMahon Road. Local traffic will be maintained, but not over the bridge. Signs will be posted notifying the public that businesses are open in the area.
An additional detour will be posted, re-routing commercial trucks south of the construction site, using Rt. 444, County Road 41 and Rt. 332.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
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Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward
Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in.
Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.