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Allegany County legislators have approved town and county bridge projects for the year.

The County Legislature, meeting Friday rather then Monday so members can attend a State Association of Counties meeting this week, authorized about $1.3 million for eight bridge projects and $180,000 to remove a bridge and fill a graded area.

The county will spend $446,000 to replace bridges on Middle Road in Allen; Rochambeau Avenue in Andover; Dry Brook Road in Scio; and Plumbottom Road in Amity.

Because they are town roads, the towns will cover 15 percent of the cost of the work.

The county will spend $705,000 to replace bridges on four county roads: Karr Valley Road in Almond; County Route 20 in Angelica; Knights Creek Road in Scio; and West Notch Road in Wirt.

An unused bridge on Snyder Hill Road in Hume will be removed and an adjacent railroad grade will be filled for $180,000 paid by the county.

The Legislature also agreed Friday to commit to paying all the nonfederally aided costs to replace the West State Street bridge in Wellsville.

The resolution calls the commitment a device to expedite work on the bridge.

Bids for that project are to be opened by the county Public Works Department in Belmont on Monday.

Superintendent David S. Roeske said he hopes to have work on the project begin in April.

The span crosses the Genesee River near Wellsville High School and Middle School, handling the bulk of traffic for those schools, including buses.

The bridge also provides the most direct route to the Wellsville campus of Alfred State College and several businesses on South Brooklyn Avenue.

Current, prebid cost estimates for the project are at $2.5 million, up from the $1.9 million estimated when the county budget was drafted to include the commitment authorized Friday.

The federal share of the cost is pegged at about $2 million, with 15 percent state aid anticipated and a total town and county share of 5 percent, or about $130,000.

In other business Friday, the Legislature authorized a five-year lease for property along Route 19 in Scio to house the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program.

The lease pays landlord Robert Salevsky Jr. of Belmont $600 a month for a 40-by-40-foot portion of a building and a parking area.

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