Lake Street Bridge project moving forward
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ELMIRA, N.Y. -- The Lake Street Bridge in Elmira has been closed for about a year now, but it may soon re-open.
The city has applied for grants with the Regional Council of Economic Development to convert the bridge into either a vehicular or pedestrian bridge. The bridge's poor condition caused the city to close it last summer.
Mayor Sue Skidmore applied for $2 million to turn it into a pedestrian bridge. Another $500,000 would come from the city. She says that would be more beneficial to the city than another vehicular bridge.
"What we're looking at design wise is thinner. It has different guiderails on it because you don't have traffic. It's pedestrian and lightweight. We're looking at having a bump out on it so you can fish from the bridge. We'll have picnic tables along it," Skidmore said.
City leaders will vote Monday to pay $8,000 to Haas Landscape Architects for their study and design work.
The city should know about the state grant money by September.