LAKE PLACID - Construction of a new bridge over North Meadow Brook on Adirondack Loj Road is complete.
North Elba town Highway Superintendent Larry Straight told the Enterprise that work wrapped up last Tuesday on the 56-foot-long, 28-foot-wide bridge. It replaces a temporary steel structure, owned by Essex County, that had been in place since 2006. An older bridge failed an inspection and was deemed unsafe for cars and trucks.
Work began about a year ago after North Elba agreed to pay Stephen Miller General Contractors Inc., of Mayfield, just under $290,000 for installation. The town didn't have to pay for the bridge itself. The state Department of Transportation gave the town a bridge that was being used in Saratoga Springs.
A new, 56-foot-long bridge, donated to the town of North Elba by the state Department of Transportation, spans North Meadow Brook on Adirondack Loj Road.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Morris)
"We were able to get a $500,000 bridge for free," Supervisor Roby Politi said.
Essex County handled project engineering, Straight said.
The bridge came in three sections, each of which had to be lifted into place by crane, according to Straight. Once installed, county highway crews paved Adirondack Loj Road on both sides.
Straight said that because the bridge is longer than 20 feet, it must be turned over to the county.
"I told the town board we should get together and discuss what we're going to do as far as dedicating it to the county is concerned," he said.
Meanwhile, the town is looking at shoulder work and repaving projects on Adirondack Loj Road.
"But nothing has been planned yet," Straight said.