The Route 86 bridge over the West Branch of the Ausable River in Wilmington, Essex County, will be closed starting on Monday, March 2 for a bridge replacement project. The NYS Department of Transportation is expected to post signs alerting residents and visitors that businesses near the bridge are open. The bridge will also be closed to pedestrians during the closure period.
The bridge opened in 1935 and carries about 2,000 motor vehicles per day. Shoulders on the new structure will be widened to allow for safer bicycle use. Decorative lighting will also be installed. Overhead utility lines on and near the bridge will also be relocated. The Department is using precast concrete components as part of the construction of the new bridge to help minimize the closure duration. The new bridge is expected to be opened by June 1.
Detours will be posted directing motorists to Springfield Road (Essex County Road 83) and Fox Farm Road (Essex County Road 63).
Photo of Route 86 Bridge in Wilmington by Peter Frailey.