Angel Hill bridge repair expected to take months

GHENT–Last week’s Town Board meeting saw measures put in place to repair and reopen Angel Hill Road. A truck crossing the Angel Hill Road bridge recently caused the bridge to be pushed down, a condition that led to the road being closed. Solutions regarding the repair of the bridge were discussed at the Town Hall, but the fix will not be quick.

Highway Superintendent Benjamin Perry estimated that it would probably be spring before the road is completely repaired. He said that families living on Angel Hill Road will most likely need to bring their children to the Slate Road bus stop when school reopens in September.

“The tennis court isn’t a priority,” Mr. Perry said, referring to the courts behind the Dairy Queen, which have fallen into disrepair of late.

The small bridge on Angel Hill Road in the Town of Ghent–its guard rails visible beyond the barricade–was recently damaged by a truck. Town officials do not expect repairs will be complete until next spring. Photo by Claire Gilbert

Councilman Charles Wood said that the closed road would add a lot of time for a fire company response and all council members agreed this road situation took precedence over other town projects.

The first phase of the bridge restoration involves consulting with engineers to determine the best way to go about fixing the bridge; the costs of this phase alone are estimated at around $9,000. It is possible the pylons can be reused but the only way to find out is for engineers to test them to ensure they are sound.

The board passed a motion at the Thursday, July 20 meeting to enter into an agreement with engineering firm Barton and Loguidice to replace the bridge. The firm is based in Albany.

In other news, the board, concerned about the speeding on unmonitored town roads, said it will look into mobile signs that use radar to display how fast approaching motorists are traveling. Board members hope the signs will discourage drivers from speeding.

The next Town Board meeting has been changed from August 17 to August 24 and will be held at the Ghent Town Hall. Fifteen minutes prior to the start of the regular meeting the board will conduct a hearing concerning the renewal of the West Ghent Fire Department’s six-month contract.

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