NY Truss Bridge Closed for Painting, Repairs


The New York State Department of Transportation has reportedly closed the Armitage Road bridge in Seneca County for a repainting and repair project. The structure has reportedly been listed in poor condition on the National Bridge Inventory since 1991.

Bridge Background

Originally built in 1914 over the Erie Canal, the one-lane, steel truss structure was also rebuilt in 1951. The largest span on the bridge is 180.8 feet long, with the total length reaching 307.8 feet. The deck width is only 14.8 feet, and the plate girder approaches on both sides are angled.

The bridge is owned by NYSDOT, which owns about 44% of the 17,450 highway bridges in New York State. According to data submitted to the Federal Highway Administration in 2017, about 10.5% of bridges in the state are classified as poor.

Curtis Jetter, a spokesman for DOT Region 3, said the bridge was last painted in 1991, but has been “continuously maintained by DOT to ensure the safety of the traveling public.” An average of 230 vehicles cross the bridge daily, with only 3% being small trucks. 

A structural appraisal completed in September 2018 showed that bridge was generally in poor condition, with four out of nine ratings on several points, including the superstructure. However, it still met “minimal tolerable limits to remain in place,” despite the deck geometry and approaches appraisal noting it was “basically intolerable requiring high priority of replacement.”

In terms of coatings specifically, 1,887 square feet of coatings on the superstructure were ranked in serious condition, as well as 9 square feet on the bearings. 5,424 square feet were also noted to be in poor condition on the open grid deck.

According to NYSDOT’s bridge data, the last date of inspection for the bridge was Oct. 8, 2021. The structure again was ranked with a poor status.

Repainting Project

Jetter told reporters that as the structure is painted, it will also be evaluated for repair work. Work is anticipated to be completed by the end of this year.

Funding comes from federal and state sources, with a total budget of $800,000. However, the same September 2018 inspection report recommended “bridge deck replacement with only incidental widening” with an estimated cost of work at $5,632,000.

Local officials and residents, however, were reportedly frustrated they had not received news of the closure, causing traffic delays. Town of Tyre Supervisor Beth Partee said while she is glad there is work being done on the bridge, NYSDOT did not make her aware of the impending closure, adding she wished there had been better communication. 


Tagged categories: Bridges; Bridges; Coating Application; Contracts; Department of Transportation (DOT); Government contracts; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Paint application; Program/Project Management; Quality Control; Rehabilitation/Repair

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