W. Bayard St. culvert repairs could cost around $1.5M to get traffic flowing in Seneca Falls

Officials uncertain as concerns continue to swirl in Seneca Falls

A section of West Bayard Street that has been closed to traffic since late August will not reopen anytime soon.

And, the state Canal Corp. continues to maintain the responsibility for fixing a deteriorating culvert under the street lies with the town.

Those were the two takeaways from a Thursday morning teleconference involving town and state officials.

“Most of the call was taken up by Canal Corp. representatives presenting their side, with us asking questions,” Town Board member Doug Avery said. “We’re still doing research at our end, and they understand that. There is to be a complete exchange of information and maps between the Canal Corp. and our engineer, Peter Baker from Barton & Loguidice.”

Another meeting or teleconference is tentatively scheduled for the first full week of December, Avery said.

While the Canal Corp. asserts the culvert is the town’s problem, they seemed open to hearing the town’s stance, Avery said. There was a brief discussion of cost estimates, with no serious numbers presented other than a “gut feeling” it would cost in the neighborhood of $1.5 million to fix it.

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