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Draft design of new Waterloo bridge unveiled during meeting

The preliminary design of a new Locust Street bridge shows a structure similar in many ways to the old bridge it will replace.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) Region 3 office in Syracuse presented the LaBella Associates-designed bridge at a public open house Tuesday.

The current concrete bridge over an offshoot of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal that leads to a hydroelectric generating plant on Washington Street was built in 1914 and has been closed for safety reasons since September 2015.

DOT official Gene Cilento said the village was selected to receive a $3 million state grant to either rehabilitate or replace the bridge. A March 2018 inspection of the bridge showed that the structure “is in bad shape, with connecting arches ready to fall and the pier supports not having any compression strength,’’ according to Cilento.

“We first looked at restoring the arches and reusing the piers and abutments, but it was determined that it would not work. Rehabilitation was out and replacement was in,’’ Cilento said.

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