Poloncarz, Officials Join To Re-Open Swift Mills Road Bridge

Modified: November 16, 2016 3:01pm

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Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined today by Town of Newstead Supervisor David Cummings, Erie County Legislator Edward Rath (6th District), and representatives of the Erie County Department of Public Works Highways’ Division to officially re-open the Swift Mills Road Bridge over Murder Creek in the Town of Newstead. The original bridge, a thru-girder/floorbeam structure, was built around 1931. Due to extensive deterioration, the bridge was eventually closed to traffic in 2012.

“The original 85-year old structure here over Murder Creek had reached the end of its useful life, and its replacement makes Swift Mills Road fully functional once again,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “While Erie County’s weather takes a toll on our infrastructure, my administration remains committed to maintaining and enhancing our roads and bridges as much as possible. Today we are pleased to be opening a brand new bridge that will serve residents and motorists for generations.”

The old bridge on Swift Mills Road (C.R. 255) was completely removed and a new substructure and superstructure were built. The replacement bridge is constructed of adjacent, precast, pre-stressed concrete box beams on concrete abutments founded on steel piles. The new bridge has a clear span of 90 feet. Associated work included the installation of new guiderail, paving of the bridge approaches and landscaping.

“On behalf of the residents of Newstead I say ‘Thank You’ to Erie County and the crews who completed this project,” said Town of Newstead Supervisor David Cummings. “They did a fine job and completed the work 6 months ahead of time, and the results look great.”

A federal aid project funded through the Transportation Improvement Program, the bridge project was let in April 2016 with Concrete Applied Technologies (“CATCO”) securing a successful bid of $915,254.85. Construction on the Swift Mills Road bridge project began in July 2016.

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On the Erie County Department of Public Works, visit http://www2.erie.gov/dpw/