CANAJOHARIE - A contract has been awarded for construction work on another bridge in the town.
State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Alice Romanych said Friday the DOT awarded Bette and Cring Construction of Latham the contract for the Route 10 bridge in late January.
The more than $1 million project will replace the existing bridge that spans the Canajoharie Creek.
Romanych said the new bridge will be about 100 feet long and 38 feet wide, with two traffic lanes and a shoulder. It will be slightly smaller than the bridge is now. It will be made with the same materials, including prestressed concrete beams.
Due to the condition of the bridge, a traffic signal was installed in May to allow only one vehicle to cross at a time.
The bridge is not in danger of collapsing, DOT officials said, but it could be damaged if it bears too much weight.
This will be the second total bridge replacement project in the town in a year.
The Route 10 bridge over the Erie Canal was finished in October after more than a year of construction.
The project began in Spring 2007 and cost more than $16 million. It forced the closure of the northbound lane of the bridge, which takes drivers from Canajoharie to Palatine Bridge, for about five months.
Romanych said construction of the Canajoharie Creek bridge would start once the weather allows. The project is expected to be completed by fall.
DOT also plans to repave the intersection of Routes 5S and 10 in the village.
Bids for that project are to be solicited later this year, with work beginning in spring 2010.
Kerry McAvoy covers Montgomery County. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org