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Lyons Supervisor concerned bridge detour could damage back roads

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Lyons Town Supervisor Jim Brady is concerned about potential damage to back roads when the Route 31 bridge over the Erie Canal closes Monday for repairs.

Locals likely to use back roads instead of posted detour

Brady told the Finger Lakes Times the posted detour is 15 to 20 miles long, instructing motorists to use State Routes 14, 104, and 414, but he says many motorists will likely use old Clyde Road instead, particularly with gas prices still at historically high levels. He’s worried the higher traffic level could cause damage to Old Clyde Road. He says while the State Department of Transportation is required to post detours using state highways, most locals know there are shorter routes.

Brady has experience in these matters, having previously served as the town’s Highway Superintendent. He says in the past, the state has sometimes been willing to pay for repairs to roads damaged by heavy detour traffic, but he has not heard whether it will do so in this case.

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How will extra traffic affect students walking to school?

Old Clyde Road runs past Lyons High School, and Brady is also concerned about the extra vehicle traffic mixing with students walking to school.

The $2.7 million bridge job is expected to last through November. The bridge was built in 1965. The Erie Canalway Trail near the bridge will remain open throughout the project. The state DOT has a website that will allow you to follow the progress of the construction.