BATH - Preliminary work is underway on a $7.8 million project to replace two bridges in Steuben County and install a new roundabout.
 
Preliminary work has begun to replace two bridges on State Route 415, one over the Cohocton River in the Town of Bath and the other over Salmon Creek in the Town of Avoca, according to Paul A. Karas, state Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner.

The project also will construct a roundabout at the intersection of State Routes 415 and 53, near the Bath bridge, enhancing safety and smoothing traffic flow there.
 
“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s investments in infrastructure are making a difference in communities large and small,” Karas said. “The new bridges and new roundabout at a busy intersection will help ensure that products get to market, make it easier for travelers to get to where they need to go and keep the Southern Tier Soaring.”
 
This project calls for the 87-year-old truss bridge on Route 415 in Bath to be replaced with a new bridge on a new alignment nearby, Karas said. The old bridge will carry traffic until the new bridge is ready to open late this year.

Finishing work, including landscaping, demolition of the old bridge and construction of a new fishing access location, is scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2020.
 
Nearby, a new roundabout will be constructed at Route 415 and 53, along a route commonly traveled to access Interstate 86. The roundabout, scheduled to be opened this summer, will enable traffic to flow more freely through this intersection.
 
The project also will replace the 78-year-old Route 415 bridge over Salmon Creek in Avoca, Karas said. Construction is scheduled to be completed this summer. During construction, the existing bridge is scheduled to be closed from April 15 to August 15. Vehicle and pedestrian detours will be posted in advance.
 
“Steuben County is thankful for the state’s investment in our transportation infrastructure,” said Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler. “These improvements will benefit our residents, businesses, and travelers for decades to come.”
 
Steuben County Legislative Chair Joseph Hauryski, R-Campbell, agreed. 

“I am pleased to see the state making this kind of investment in improving the infrastructure in Steuben County,” Hauryski said. “We certainly appreciate it.”
 
State Senator Thomas O'Mara, R-Big Flats, said he appreciates the ongoing work of our regional Department of Transportation to undertake and complete these vital infrastructure projects across the Southern Tier.

"Now more than ever our communities, motorists, and taxpayers deserve a strong commitment from the state to rebuild our local and state roads and bridges,” said state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning. “Thank you to the New York State Department of Transportation for this commitment.”
 
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