Johnstown gets $100K grant for new bridge

JOHNSTOWN — The city has received its promised $100,000 grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to go toward building a new Miller Street bridge, City Engineer Christopher Vose said Friday.

The overall project is slated to be done inhouse by the city Department of Public Works using a prefabricated bridge.

Vose said it “depends” on various factors as to when the project will be done. If the weather allows, he said the city may “try to tackle it “ this winter.

“In all likelihood, it will probably be done next year,” the city engineer said.

The area around the former 1930s-era Miller Street bridge over the Cayadutta Creek is currently closed. The span was taken down after it was cited by the state Department of Transportation as a deteriorating structure.

The city had been waiting on the funding from DASNY. The city applied for a $100,000 grant from the State and Municipal Facilities Program – money made available through a program administered by DASNY. The dormitory authority had previously notified the city that all necessary criteria was fulfilled to receive the grant. The authority administers capital grant programs on behalf of New York state that support community and economic development.

Vose told the city that about $1 million was budget for 2018 for bridge work.

In addition to the Miller Street bridge project, the city has been looking at other bridges and culverts. They include culverts on North and South Chase streets, a culvert at 107 E. Main St. near the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center, replacement of the 1928-era Townsend Avenue Bridge, and work on the West State Street bridge over the Cayadutta Creek.

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