County: Removing bridge would save $175,000

PLYMOUTH It would cost the roughly $225,000 to repair the old state Rt. 23 bridge in the Town of Plymouth, Chenango County Public Works Director Randy Gibbon said.

It will cost about $75,000 to remove it, he told Plymouth residents at the town meeting Monday.

About 40 cars pass over the bridge twice daily to connect to state Rt. 23, the county estimates. One resident says three school buses use it regularly.

Its really a convenience bridge, said Gibbon.

The county is seeking to abandon the span, pending consent from two nearby landowners. Gibbon said he also wants to make sure there isnt strong public sentiment against it before the county moves ahead.

Its not a done deal. This is what were looking at, he said. My concern is to try and plan ahead. Wed rather plan ahead for it before theres an emergency situation.

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