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Friday, November 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Griswold Road Bridge open

The Griswold Road bridge over the Black Creek in the Town of Stafford has been reopened to traffic yesterday. The bridge was closed in the summer of 2012 due to its poor condition. Using federal aid, the County had a replacement designed by Barton & Loguidice Engineers and awarded a construction contract for the new bridge to Ramsey Constructors on Aug. 14. Construction took about 11 weeks to complete.

Recently many motorists have not been stopping at the Caswell Road -- Griswold Road intersection due to the bridge/road closure. With traffic flowing on Griswold Road again, motorists using Caswell Road are cautioned to make a full stop at the Griswold Road intersection before proceeding through the intersection.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:47 am

Griswold Road Bridge Open

post by Timothy Hens in Bridge, Griswold Road, Traffic Safety

The Griswold Road bridge over the Black Creek in the Town of Stafford has been reopened to traffic this morning.  The bridge was closed in the summer of 2012 due to its poor condition.  Using federal aid, the County had a replacement designed by Barton & Loguidice Engineers and awarded a construction contract for the new bridge to Ramsey Constructors on August 14th.  Construction took about 11 weeks to complete.

Recently many motorists have not been stopping at the Caswell Rd - Griswold Rd intersection due to the bridge/road closure.  With traffic flowing on Griswold Rd again motorists using Caswell Rd are cautioned to make a full stop at the Griswold Rd intersection before proceeding through the intersection.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:17 am

Public meeting scheduled in Stafford to discuss Griswold Road bridge replacement

post by Howard B. Owens in Griswold Road, Stafford

Press release:

Please be advised that the Genesee County Highway Department will be hosting a public information meeting regarding the replacement of the bridge on Griswold Road in the Town of Stafford. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 at the Stafford Town Hall. All residents are invited to hear a presentation and comment on the design and schedule of the project by County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens and project engineer Wendell Buckman. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced next summer.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Portion of Griswold Road closed for at least a year because of failing bridge

post by Howard B. Owens in Griswold Road, infrastructure, Stafford

If you want to go east or west on Griswold Road between Caswell and Route 237 in Stafford, you're going to have to wait a year.

An aging bridge has just become too unstable to handle heavy traffic and the county won't be able to replace it until next June.

"At least the detour around it is not that long," said County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens. "It's not a huge inconvenience. All bridge closures are an inconvenience, but this is not as bad as some are."

The steel multigirder bridge was built in 1941 and widened in 1976. The girders have rusted through to the point that they can't even support two tons.

A few years ago, the bridge was rated for seven tons, then downgraded to four, then two, now 1.8.

"That's about the size of a small SUV," Hens said.

The county looked at reducing the bridge, which crosses over Black Creek, to one lane, but that would require installing Jersey barriers, which are heavy themselves.

"We probably would have overloaded it just to reduce it to one lane, so that wasn't viable either," Hens said.

About five years ago, the county applied for a federal grant to replace the bridge and the process has been moving forward since, but the bridge has become unusable a year earlier than anticipated.

The new bridge is in the design phase now.

Construction should be completed by this time next year, Hens said.

He also said the Griswold bridge is just the tip of the iceberg.

About half of the county's bridges are in nearly as critical condition. Some of those bridges, if closed, will mean seven- and eight-mile detours for residents, farmers and emergency responders.

"We don't have any local money to replace them and it looks like the federal pot is going to get smaller and smaller," Hens said. "The county is going to have some tough decisions, either closing bridges or funding them locally."


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Monday, August 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Portion of Griswold Road closed for a week for hill reduction work

post by Howard B. Owens in Griswold Road, Stafford

Griswold Road, Town of Stafford, will be closed to all traffic between Godfreys Pond and the railroad overpass for approximately one week.

Road crews are reducing the size of the hill at that location.

Addresses from 5693 Griswold Road and lower should be entered from Byron Road, and from 5757 Griswold Road and higher, from Caswell Road.

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