ELMA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Reconstruction of the Jamison Rd. bridge in Elma is nearly complete, and early.
The Erie County Department of Public Works made the announcement on Thursday.
“The new bridge on Jamison Road will provide smoother and safer travel for motorists and is a huge improvement over the old structure,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. “Thanks to the Department of Public Works and their partners, this vital piece of infrastructure has been completely replaced nearly a month ahead of schedule, which motorists and residents alike should appreciate.”
The old Jamison Rd. bridge was built in 1955 using four 36-inch steel girders that supported a reinforced concrete deck. The new bridge uses a reinforced concrete deck too, but is supported by four 6-feet deep steel girders.
Also different from the previous structure is its length. The old bridge consisted of three spans, the longest one being around 58 feet long. The new bridge has a 170-feet long single span structure.
In addition to the bridge reconstruction, 375 linear feet of road from the intersection of Ostrander Rd. and Jamison to approximately 50 feet east of the bridge was reconstructed. That part of the project also included the creation of new guide rails, stream bank protections and improved storm drainage.
The finishing touches will be done this weekend and the bridge is expected to reopen to traffic on Monday, August 1.