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Concrete arch will be installed for new bridge

September 19, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN -A new pre-cast concrete arch to be used as part of the North Perry Street bridge replacement project will start to be installed late next month. Officials said the project is still due to be completed by year's end.

An update on the extensive bridge project was given by 2nd Ward Councilman Chris Foss to the Common Council on Monday at City Hall.

Foss, the council's liaison to the city Department of Public Works, said the $2.4 million North Perry Street bridge project being funded by federal, state and local governments is ongoing.

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Construction crews continue work today at the site of the new North Perry Street bridge in Johnstown.
The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

"Bridge work continues to progress," Foss said.

He said two giant drill rigs are now being used on the north side of the bridge for the project. The area around the construction site has been blocked off from the public for several months and motorists traveling north or south on North Perry Street have to take a detour around the construction site.

Foss said a pre-cast concrete arch for the bridge will arrive in Johnstown by the end of October.

Local officials decided to replace the 30-foot-long North Perry Street bridge after DOT in 2008 red-flagged what was the deteriorating stone-arch structure between Smith and Washington streets.

D.H. Smith Inc. of Clayville, Oneida County, is doing the bridge work for $1.83 million, but other costs have pushed the total project amount to about $2.4 million. Federal Highway Administration money is paying for 80 percent of the project, and DOT is paying 15 percent. The city's share is estimated at $100,000.

Ready for winter

Continuing his DPW report, Foss said the city department is preparing for the 2012-13 snow plowing season by getting vehicles ready.

He also reported the city will in the future be pushing for reduced environmental sampling at the former city landfill property on West Fulton Street Extension in the town. The landfill was closed 27 years ago, but the city still is required by the state to monitor the facility.

The city spent about $32,500 for sampling and monitoring facility wells in 2011. The city also is working to cut in half the number of sampling wells it has to monitor there to save the city money. The city currently works with Arcadis-US of Clifton Park on monitoring and submits reports to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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