Questions surround future of bridge over I-81

By Perry Russom

Questions surround future of bridge over I-81

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 26, 2013 at 10:18 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's the only pedestrian bridge crossing Interstate 81, but it could be getting torn down.

"I would like to see the bridge remain where it is or in close proximity," said Town of Dickinson Supervisor Michael Marinaccio. "It may have to change. I know that the Department of Transportation has some challenges."

It's the bridge that links Front Street to Old Front Street, but it's 45 years old and doesn't meet current federal regulations.

Regulations have the bridge a foot and a half short.

Now, the DOT is looking at alternatives.

Possibilities include reconstructing the bridge, tearing it down or moving the site of the bridge.

According to the DOT, more than 880 people cross that bridge for Spiedie Fest.

Thursday night, the DOT is holding what they're calling a "planning study" where neighbors can weigh-in on the future of the bridge.

"The input is invaluable to us and we pay attention to it," said Dave Hamburg of the DOT. "It's something that's very important and critical to get so we're pleased to be able do this far in advance."

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Dickinson Town Hall on Old Front Street.

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