The good news is that structural repairs are beginning on the Rein Road bridge across Ellicott Creek.
The bad news is the crossing will be out of commission until mid-December, with traffic detours to Genesee Street/Route 33, Transit Road/Route 78 and Aero Drive.
Built in 1933, the 83-foot-long bridge last had a major overhaul in 1986, according to Town Engineer Patrick T. Bowen. The current $1.1 million project will include deck repairs and steel replacement, and reconstruction of the concrete abutment.
Last month, Hunting Valley Construction of Cheektowaga was awarded a contract of $810,782.90 for rehabilitation work. More than $200,000 previously was spent on engineering and design work, as well as acquiring permanent easements.
The project qualified for 80 percent reimbursement of costs under the federal Highway Bridge Rehabilitation and Replacement Program; the town and state Department of Transportation pay the rest.
• Elvis Presley impersonator Terry Buchwald performs at 7 p.m. tonight at the Casimir Pulaski Cultural Center at Town Park, 2600 Harlem Road. Rain site is the Lions Pavilion next door.
• The Maryvale School Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday in the board room of the Samuel R. Bennett Administration Building, 1050 Maryvale Drive.
• A meeting of the Bellevue Fire District No. 9 Board of Fire Commissioners begins at 7 p.m. Monday at the fire hall, 511 Como Park Blvd.
• A Town Board work session begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Office Conference Room at Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.
• Special Delivery performs at 6 p.m. Tuesday under the gazebo at the Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. Food and beverage concessions open at 5.
• The 2014 German American Heritage Festival kicks off at noon Saturday in Town Park. Presented by the Federation of German-American Societies, the two-day event features ethnic food, beer and entertainment, as well as a vendor midway. Tickets are $4 with an entry voucher downloaded from www.BuffaloGerman.com [click on WNY German American Heritage Festival, then scroll to the bottom of the page], or $6 at the gate; children age 12 and younger will be admitted for free.