NEW HARTFORD, NY (WUTR)--- This morning, New York State Senator Joe Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi announced $250,000 will be put into repairing the Chenango Road Bridge that links Utica and New Hartford.
"There's got to be 100 if not 1,000 cars a day that go over this bridge," explained New Hartford Town Highway Superintendent, Richard Sherman.
Last July's major rainstorm caused significant damage to the infrastructure of the bridge.
"That heavy rain and water flow washed some of that bank protection away causing the scouring to open up. You can see underneath those back walls," Sherman stated.
The bridge crosses the Saquoit Creek, which has a tendency to overflow. For the time being, the bridge has been deemed safe for use.
"If we don't do anything, the snow will melt in the spring with the rain," said Sherman. "It would wash some more of that away, and we would definitely have to close the bridge permanently."
To prevent that from happening, New York State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Senator Joe Griffo worked together to secure funding.
"This grant of $250,000 will go along way to help stabilize what is underneath the bridge so that residents in New York Mills, the town of New Hartford, and the city of Utica, who use this bridge on a daily basis can continue to use it," said Brindisi.
The bridge is expected to be repaired by next spring.
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