Candor, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A bridge in Candor will permanently close Wednesday afternoon.
A new bridge is expected to be built in three years or less.
The State Route 96 bridge covering the Catatonk Creek in Candor will close permanently Wednesday at 1 p.m. due to structural issues.
The DOT says it's not cost effective to repair the current structure but it will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists for a time until a new bridge is built in 2014.
In the meantime, State Route 96 B will serve as the detour route.
A recent inspection showed that the concrete base of the bridge was deteriorating significantly.
"A lot of us kind of looked underneath it and were like Wow, it's really rusty. There's big chunks of concrete missing so I'm glad somebody is looking at it," says Sarah Misson of Candor.
"Especially with the winter weather conditions as it gets colder and then it thaws and then it freezes again that's going to create more problems with the deck," says New York State DOT Public Information Officer, David Hamburg.
Some neighbors in Candor tell Action News they are concerned about the detour affecting EMS response time.
But Hamburg says the DOT is working with emergency responders to accommodate them and the detour is only a half mile and is not expected to be a problem for emergency responders.