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Fate of Sheridan Drive pedestrian bridge up in the air

The Town of Tonawanda closed a 50-year old pedestrian bridge -- which crosses six lanes of traffic on Sheridan Drive near Hoover Elementary School -- over a year ago, after it was deemed to be unsafe.

What's next for the bridge, being torn down or repaired?

After receiving a state inspection, the town moved forward on the next step Monday, hiring Buffalo's Watts Architecture and Engineering, at a $20,700 cost, to recommend what action would be most cost-effective. The firm will inspect the bridge as well.

Town officials previously estimated it could cost as much as $3 million to tear down and rebuild the bridge, which is not an option being discussed.

The town hired crossing guards at the Colvin Boulevard and Delaware Avenue intersections, to aid children crossing Sheridan.

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