AVON — After more than a year of planning, construction on the bridge spanning the creek on North Littleville Road began Monday, July 23.
The demolition started first thing in the morning at 6:00am- according to Avon resident Louie Lee who resides on the corner of North Littleville Road and Jones Lane nearest to the bridge- and by 4:00pm the previous structure was gone and all that remained were stones from the supports put in place last year to keep the bridge from failing.
“They did quite a bit of work on it, they got the majority of it done in one day” remarked Lee. “They expect to lay the foundation later this week.”
The construction is expected to take just over a month, and should be finished in early September. A detour around the site has been arranged, in which drivers will take Sackett Road, running parallel to North Littleville Road.
The new structure is being built elsewhere, according to Lee, who continued to add that the concrete being used needs at least 30 days to cure before it can be transported. The stones from the support structure will be used to create a wall lining the creek, and should stop any further erosion caused by heavy currents.
The need for a new structure began in April of 2011, when concrete from the existing bridge collapsed and posed as a potential safety hazard for commuters. The issue was brought forth at a Town Board meeting later in that month by Lee, who discovered the deterioration caused by heavy seasonal flooding.
After a year of waiting, Lee expressed his excitement to have the new structure in place. “It’s going to look beautiful down here, just beautiful,” he exclaimed. “My wife and I are very excited.”