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DOT announces Route 78 bridge replacement

WETHERSFIELD – A bridge across Route 78 will stay open to traffic during the construction of a $1.2 million replacement over East Koy Creek in Wyoming County’s Wethersfield.

Work is underway. The bridge is among the first to be worked on as part of the state program designed to fix 105 flood prone bridges.

“The Route 78 bridge serves as a key route in the hamlet of Hermitage and plays an essential role in emergency response services,” said Joan McDonald, DOT Commissioner, in a press release.

The aging bridge is between Sheppard and Hardys roads. It will be replaced one side at a time so that cars can continue to cross during construction that includes the addition of a new fishing platform.

So far the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved funding for $278.4 million for 80 of the bridges. Another 25 are awaiting funding, which is expected this spring.