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Work on Newark’s East Avenue Bridge underway

Work has begun on the rehabilitation of the East Avenue bridge that, when complete, will allow the village to remove weight limits from the span over the Erie Canal.

Mayor Jonathan Taylor said the project is two years in the making after the village received $404,000 in state money in 2017 to repair the bridge.

He did not have the total project cost, but said it’s beyond the $404,000 number.

The village approved a bond resolution for street projects last year, and it will pull money from that account to pay for additional bridge-rehabilitation costs, said Taylor.

The first phase of the project, which started March 27, is tearing out the deck. New timbers will be put down, Taylor said, and will need to dry for 45 days before new asphalt surface can be put down.

Vector Construction, with offices in the U.S. and Canada, is the contractor, said Taylor.

“It’s an important bridge to residents,” said Taylor.

Taylor said the span “has had load restrictions for a very long time.”

That creates a plowing problem in the winter, because the larger village highway trucks are too heavy for the bridge. Instead, pickup trucks must be used.

The bridge serves as a connection for two major county employers, Wayne ARC and IEC.

Taylor said the village is hopeful the project will be wrapped up in June.

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