VERONA, N.Y. – On Thursday night, state contractors safely removed the bridge on Higginsville Road over the New York State Canal. It was on the verge of collapsing, according to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol.
The bridge was pulled down at 11:30 p.m. Thursday night. Contractors are mobilizing an excavator with shears to cut and dismantle the truss. The DOT says the bridge work does not endanger the public, however, that area of the Erie Canal is closed to boat traffic until further notice. Work will continue throughout the day and the public will be notified when the canal is reopened.
The Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol was on the scene stopping canal traffic to ensure boats do not go under the bridge on Thursday.
The bridge, which has been closed since 2008, was under demolition when the structure experienced a shift.
The New York State Department of Transportation, New York State Canal Corp, Oneida County Emergency Services and Oneida DPW were all called in for assistance.
Sylvan Beach Fire Department boat also assisted Oneida County Marine Patrol with shutting down canal traffic Thursday afternoon.
The project to build a new steel plate girder bridge is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020. The new bridge will be 230 feet long and have two travel lanes with 5-foot shoulders on either side.
(Raw video courtesy of Louise Brown.)