$3.6 million replacement considered for “Niska Isle” bridge

A bridge carrying residents to the “Niska Isle” portion of the town would be redone under a state pl
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A bridge carrying residents to the “Niska Isle” portion of the town would be redone under a state plan, officials announced this morning.

The state Department of Transportation scheduled a meeting for the project for Jan. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Iroquois Middle School.

The current bridge carries residents along Ferry Road, over a back channel of the Mohawk River. It connects to a section that is actually a peninsula, rather than an island.

The preferred alternative would be to replace the bridge on a new alignment just to the east of the existing bridge, state officials said. The work is estimated at about $3.6 million.

The bridge replacement was the most feasible option, officials said this morning. Other options, including a land connection and buying out land owners, have also been considered, but were too costly.

A presentation is expected at the meeting, followed by questions and comments.

Anyone unable to attend can contact project manager Richard Filkins at 388-5216 or write to Filkins, project manager, NYSDOT Region 1 Design, 328 State St., Schenectady, NY 12305.

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