Court Street bridge repairs about to begin

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WATERTOWN — The same construction company that built the Court Street bridge 29 years ago will soon start working on major repairs of the steel structure.

A construction crew from Tioga Construction, Herkimer, will use jackhammers to remove concrete and then put a new deck on the bridge over the Black River.

The same foreman who was on the job in 1993 will also work on these repairs, said Thomas M. Maurer, an engineer in the city engineering office.

The city and the contractor held a pre-construction meeting on Thursday to discuss the project.

“They want to get moving on the project, so we might see work on it next week,” Mr. Maurer said.

The $7 million project encompasses rehabilitating the bridge and milling and repaving the section of Coffeen Street from Massey Street to the city limits, and a section of Massey Street from Clinton Street to the bridge.

The current bridge replaced the original concrete structure in 1993. It will be the first time that the deck will be repaved since this bridge was built.

The project should be completed by the end of next year.

The members of Advantage Watertown, a group of community and business leaders who meet monthly to talk about city issues, got a progress report about the project on Thursday.

“That’s a significant project,” said Jason White, chair of Advantage Watertown.

The project also includes making about 80 ramps in the project footprint compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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