JAMESTOWN – It appears another bridge in Jamestown will be closing down later this construction season, causing detours and delays for commuters trying to make it across town.
Just months after the county finished the extensive overhaul of the South Main Street Bridge in Jamestown, with final finishing touches being completed last month, Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities announced on Wednesday that County Bridge 1077 on Harrison Street is slated for closure later this season so it can be replaced.
The announcement came as part of a media release focusing on the county-wide list of highway and bridge projects scheduled for the 2019 road construction season. The County DPF is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of all bridges in Jamestown that are not overseen the by the New York State Department of Transportation.
County Bridge 1077 is located on Harrison Street, next to the intersection with Institute Street.
According to the website BridgeReports.com, the last time the bridge was constructed was 1971, making it close to 50 years old. When last inspected in July 2015 it received a condition rating of “poor” – the lowest of the three ratings available (good, fair, poor).
The Harrison Street Bridge Project comes just months after the county finally wrapped up major renovation work on the South Main Street bridge, which took more than two years to complete and led to the roadway being closed for a significant portion of that time. It’s not expected that the Harrison Street Bridge replacement project will take nearly as long to complete.
In addition to the Harrison Street bridge, there’s also cold milling and paving projects in Jamestown scheduled for:
- Harrison Street from South Main Street to Windsor Street;
- Baker Street from Newland Avenue to previous project limits in the City;
- South Main Street from Newland Avenue to Foote Avenue.
No timeline was provided on when any of the projects would take place.
The 2019 construction program includes paving of approximately 15 miles of county roads and the rehabilitation/maintenance or replacement of over 20 bridges across Chautauqua County. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including the New York State Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, the federal government and Chautauqua County.
A complete list of all county road projects can be found on the media release at the county website.