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Where we live: Lackawanna


The City Council voted unanimously to award the contract for the $1.2 million reconstruction of the Ridge Road bridge at Rosary Avenue to Yarussi Construction of Niagara Falls during the regular board session Monday night.

The work will progress in three phases, said Anthony DeSantis, Commissioner of Public Works.

“We won’t have to close the bridge off,” said DeSantis. “It will be open at all times. There’s a long lead time in ordering the steel girders, but we have everything set with the Buffalo and Pittsburgh railroad so work can begin in two weeks.”

The state Department of Transportation had warned city officials about structural problems with the busy bridge, which runs over railroad tracks. State engineers have issued a “yellow structural safety flag,” citing “advanced deterioration” of beams at the span’s west abutment.

Lackawanna spent nearly $22 million – mostly in state and federal money – to replace the dilapidated 950-foot Ridge Road Bridge, a three-year project that was completed in 2010.

Yarussi came in with a low bid of $1,187,962. The only other bid was received from E&R General Construction for $1,402,689.

In other business, the council unanimously approved a request to rehire seasonal workers for storm damage cleanup.

“Based on the storm, we have over 8,000 square feet of lawn damage,” said DeSantis. “I don’t know how many hundred of feet of concrete work we have to do. Signs are down. It’s basically all the work from the November storm. We just need a little help. It’s hard to do everything at one time. Without the manpower it will take longer.”

The part-time workers would be hired for three months beginning Monday.

This week:

• The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. to caucus and 7 p.m. in a regular meeting in council chambers at City Hall, 714 Ridge Road.