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Montgomery County bridge knocked out by June flooding re-opened to traffic

Montgomery County bridge knocked out by June flooding re-opened to traffic

The Route 80 bridge connecting the village of Fort Plain to the town of Minden is open, just over a

The Route 80 bridge connecting the village of Fort Plain to the town of Minden is open, just over a month after the Otsquago Creek flood waters severely eroded its foundation.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the opening Wednesday, with the Department of Transportation alerting drivers this morning over the NY-ALERT system.

The Route 80 bridge was closed following June 28 flash flooding in Fort Plain. The same waters eroded the Canalway Trail bridge abutments just down stream of Route 80 so badly the 380 ton structure had to be removed.

The Route 80 bridge, according to a past Gazette interview with state DOT spokesman Jim Piccola, stood through the record-setting flood waters thanks to 60-foot deep pilings anchored to bedrock.

Crews had to build up the eroded banks around the structure and pour quick setting concrete ramps to reconnect it to the road.

Following that effort, the bridge was opened Wednesday night according to the governorÕs office.

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