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Major Bridge Street Work Planned

    by Andrew Martin

    Major work is coming down the pipe for Bridge Street. Officials from both Morrisville Water & Light (MW&L) and the Town of Morristown are planning major work along sections of the street from the intersection with Brooklyn Street down to the wastewater treatment facility beyond the Route 100 Alternate Truck Route. Included in the work will be the installation of a new waterline as well as a complete reclaiming of a section of the road.

Major work is planned for Bridge Street later this year. A new waterline will be installed by Morrisville Water & Light before work to reclaim and shift the entire road to the north slightly will occur. As part of that work the sidewalk that currently sits on the northern side of the road will be removed and the entire roadway will be shifted a few feet to the north.
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    The first step in the work to Bridge Street will involve the installation of a new waterline by MW&L. The existing four-inch waterline, which is nearly 100 years old, will be replaced by a new eight-inch waterline. The line will be replaced beginning at the intersection of Bridge and Brooklyn Street and continue down to the intersection with the bypass, which already has a section of eight-inch line installed underneath it. The new larger waterline will then continue from the other side of the bypass down the street to the vicinity of the wastewater treatment facility. In total roughly 1,000 feet of the new eight-inch waterline will be installed.
    According to MW&L’s John Tilton the project to replace the waterline is now in the design phase. Officials from MW&L are hoping to have the job out to bid by sometime in June and would like to see the project start sometime in July. At this time they are anticipating that the work will take between six and eight weeks.
    As part of the work the roadway over the line will be removed and the new eight-inch line will be run in close proximity to the existing four-inch line. That smaller line will be kept in service until all the necessary testing and sampling has been done before the transfer to the new line will occur.
    According to Tilton the line needs to be replaced due to the fact that the current line is vastly undersized and does not allow for proper fire protection. MW&L General Manager Craig Myotte added that there have also been a series of leaks and other issues with the existing line.
    “As the maintenance costs go up its eventually just better to replace the problem,” Myotte stated, “It’s become a nuisance.”
    MW&L officials have budgeted roughly $140,000 for the Bridge Street project. The final costs will not be known until after bids have been received for the work, but Myotte is optimistic that the project can come in under the $140,000 figure unless new problems or issues arise.
    According to Myotte the roughly dozen homes on Bridge Street should likely expect a small interruption in service only when the transfer from one line to the other occurs. Customers should be notified of the pending interruption via a door to door visit or flyer just before the transfer occurs. Traffic will also likely be reduced to one lane during portions of the work.
    Once the work by MW&L to install the new waterline is complete town officials will be commencing a reclamation project for the section of the road between the Brooklyn Street intersection and the alternate truck route.
    “The pavement is in really bad condition, and it’s just not feasible to patch or repave the section,” Morristown Planning Director Todd Thomas explained.
    Thomas added that the plan is to completely reclaim the roughly 425 feet of Bridge Street between Brooklyn Street and the bypass. The existing road, including the concrete road bed, will be ripped up and the road will be rebuilt from scratch.
    Along with the complete rebuilding of the road Bridge Street will likely also be widened as part of the project. According to Thomas the plan is to use a bit more of the existing town right-of-way on the north side of Bridge Street. As part of that work the existing old sidewalk on that side of the road, which does not meet ADA requirements, will be removed and the entire roadway will be shifted slightly to the north. This increase in roadway space will allow for roadside parking on the south side of Bridge Street.
    Thomas added that, long term, the town would also like to rebuild the sidewalk that currently exists on the south side of Bridge Street. Officials applied for grant funding from the state to rebuild that sidewalk this year but the application was denied. Thomas stated that the town plans to apply for the sidewalk funding again next year, but even if this next application is approved, work to rebuild that section of sidewalk wouldn’t begin until July of 2016 at the earliest.
    Traffic on Bridge Street will be severely restricted during the reclamation project, according to Thomas
    “It’s a big construction project,” Thomas stated.
    The exact timeline of the work will depend on when the MW&L project concludes. While town officials expect the town highway crew to do some of the work on the project they will not be doing as much as they did on the Maple Street project. Morristown Town Administrator Dan Lindley explained the work will likely be contracted out and put on a accelerated timeline due to the fact that it is now one of the main roads into the village. Lindley also stated he expects that, as part of the work, some sort of retaining walls or similar structures will need to be installed for the uphill properties adjacent to the sidewalk that will be removed.



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