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DOT re-opens Erie Canal to boat traffic after pulling Oneida County bridge from water

The NYS Department of Transportation re-opened the Erie Canal to boat traffic on Saturday after pulling the old Higginsville Road Bridge out of the water late Friday night.

The bridge was demolished on Thursday after being closed due to “imminent collapse”.

According to the DOT, this is a $4.9 million project to replace the Higginsville Road Bridge in the Town of Verona, restoring an important travel link over the Erie Canal that has been closed since 2008.

The project will replace the existing structure, which was built in 1908 and carried only a single travel lane. It will accommodate two travel lanes and have 5-foot shoulders on either side.

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