Project Scheduled for Construction in 2015
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald announced the allocation of federal funding to replace the former Route 219 (South Cascade Drive and Miller Road) Bridge over Cattaraugus Creek in the towns of Concord, Erie County, and Ashford, Cattaraugus County.
“The State Department of Transportation continues to work with our federal, state and local officials under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, to improve our transportation infrastructure to serve the needs of our communities,” said Commissioner McDonald. “Area residents and local businesses made it clear that they depend heavily on this bridge crossing as an important transportation link between Erie and Cattaraugus counties, and a vital conduit for the local economy.”
Due to structural concerns, the existing bridge, built in 1956, was temporarily closed to all traffic in 2012. Emergency structural repairs were accelerated by the department and the bridge was re-opened ahead of schedule. The bridge remains open and posted for a maximum weight limit of 15 tons.
Senator Catharine Young said, “The long-term prospects for the bridge were in doubt, and we worked with Governor Cuomo to secure its future. It was a huge relief to small businesses and residents when it reopened after repairs, and now rebuilding the bridge is tremendously important to our economy and quality of life. This project will create construction jobs and continue commerce.”
“For years the residents and businesses of Springville and northern Cattaraugus County have made their sentiments known that the old Route 219 Bridge is more than a viaduct connecting two counties; it is an essential component of their local identity and economic future,” said Senator Patrick Gallivan. “Today’s news that federal funding has been secured to replace the existing structure with a modern span is a direct result of their years of patience and persistence. I thank my partners in state and federal government who have helped realize this day, but the true thanks belongs to the citizens who made it their mission to ensure their community’s voices were heard and its interests defended.”
The safety of the traveling public is NYSDOT’s primary mission. NYSDOT monitors bridge safety through a thorough and rigorous inspection system. The South Cascade Drive and Miller Road Bridge over Cattaraugus Creek is inspected annually.
The project to replace the South Cascade Drive and Miller Road Bridge is now in preliminary design and is scheduled to begin construction in 2015.