ORWELL, NY â€“ A deteriorated bridge on Dam Road (Stillwater) over the Salmon River will be removed by the Oswego County Highway Department following a determination that the bridgeâ€™s condition is a safety hazard and near collapsing.
Barry Leemann, chairman of the Oswego County Legislature, declared a local state of emergency and issued a local emergency order authorizing the County Highway Department to remove or demolish the bridge.
â€œThe bridge is an imminent threat and in immediate danger of collapse,â€ he said, noting that it has been used as a footbridge by people in the area even though posted as closed.
The Dam Road bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in the mid-1980s and has received no maintenance since then.
It was scheduled for demolition in 2011, but a county highway engineer noticed July 20 that the bridge is at imminent risk of collapse.
In order to expedite removal, Legislature Chairman Leemann has declared a local state of emergency and issued a local emergency order according to New York State Executive Law Article 2-B, which allows him as the countyâ€™s chief elected official to use any facilities, equipment, supplies, personnel and other resources of the county to bring the emergency condition under control.
Legislature Chairman Leemann urges people to avoid the Dam Road (Stillwater) Bridge area.