ARCADIA — The Town Board is hopeful the county will take over maintenance of the Van Buren Street bridge — the only span the town owns.
Supervisor Dick Colacino first approached the county a couple years ago asking them to take over all maintenance associated with the bridge, he said, and was advised to wait until another similar request came before the board. Then just a month ago, Lyons issued a similar request for the Old Lyons Road bridge, Colacino explained, and County Highway Superintendent Kevin Rooney gave Colacino the thumbs up to make his request official.
Both requests have been sent to the Public Works Committee with the Board of Supervisors, and Colacino expects a resolution will go before the entire county board in the near future.
It was about two years ago that the town rehabbed the Van Buren Street bridge after it received a grant for $400,000, Arcadia Highway Superintendent Dave Harder said. It was then that town officials learned the Arcadia owns only the road portion of the bridge. The trusses and substructure are owned and maintained by CSX railroad, whose tracks run underneath the span. Colacino said the ownership split is highly unusual.
“We’re one of the only towns in Wayne County to own a bridge,” Harder said, adding that the rest are owned by the state or county. “It’s probably in as good a shape now as when it was built in the 1970s.”
Highways crews this past summer performed a lot of work on the road surface, including constructing new bridge approaches, while they were working on the road section of the Erie Canalway trail, Harder said. Because of this, there will be little to no maintenance needed on the bridge, Harder added, for some time.