Syracuse City Councilors Approve Upgrades to Road, Water Infrastructure

May 27, 2014

A number of additional bridge and road repair projects are on the horizon in Syracuse now that common councilors have given their approval.  The historic W.  Genesee St. bridge over Onondaga Creek is slated for $1.5 million  worth of upgrades.  

The limestone arches of the W. Genesee St. bridge over Onondaga Creek date back to the 1800's.
The limestone arches of the W. Genesee St. bridge over Onondaga Creek date back to the 1800's.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News
  The limestone arch structure dates back to the 1800’s, so city engineer Mary Robison  says the state’s historic preservation office is involved. 
   Robison says the bridge needs mortar repairs and other work, but is otherwise structurally sound considering its age.  She says none of the bridges slated for repair are considered unsafe.

  "None of these structures require full rehabilitation.  It's just specific elements that need rehabilitation.  None are are to the point where we should allow low limit restrictions or closure." 

 The city is also in the planning stages of a $1 million dollar project to re-pave the heavily traveled portion of Teall Ave. between Burnet Ave. and Erie Boulevard, which includes the I-690 interchange.  In all, councilors approved nearly $4.2 million of road and bridge repairs, 80% of which is covered by the federal government.  

 WATER INFRATRUCTURE

Councilors Tuesday also approved an additional $1 million in bonding for roof replacement at the Stewart standpipe in Thornden Park.  Crews have been slowly and carefully removing the original roof from the two-million gallon water tank in recent weeks.  

The roof-less Stewart standpipe in Thornden Park.
The roof-less Stewart standpipe in Thornden Park.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News
  Management analyst with the water department Beth Smith says the removal caused some significant damage to the large concrete columns, called pilasters, holding up the roof of the  89-year-old structure.  
  Smith says crews also uncovered asbestos that was deeply hidden in the old roof.  she expects a new aluminum roof to be in place by September, and the entire 2.9 million dollar project to be wrapped up in November.