Nichols Mayor: Route 17 bridge to be re-opened by Labor Day

Nichols Mayor- Route 17 bridge to be re-opened by Labor Day_53151578-118809198

It’s going to be a while before state Route 17 in Tioga County, New York is open.

Engineers have finished their inspection and the Nichols Village Mayor, Lesley Pelotte, said the bridge may be shut down until labor day. 

Flood waters from Monday’s storms washed away several feet of the embankment under the bridge.

There was also a lot of debris left behind.The state is sending crews and equipment to help with repairs.

The mayor spoke to a regional supervisor from the New York State Department of transportation in a meeting earlier today.

They expect the repairs will take a few months.

“They’re working very diligently and they’re going about it most effectively in my mind because we weren’t sure how they were going to access it,” Pelotte said.”And they’re building a road right on 17 to get down where they can reinforce it and take care of it…I’m thinking it’s a very quick response to an emergency, they’re doing a  great job.” 

Next to bridge is Kirby Park, another area damaged by Sunday’s flood with debris such as tree limbs and park equipment torn from its moorings.

The mayor says she expects another kind of flood- a flood of volunteers to clean up the park.

“People have been calling to volunteer and there’s an effort to put together with the little league and the soccer (team) and other folks to come in on August 5th and pick up all the sticks,” Pelotte said. “And we need lots of little hands to pull grass out of the fencing and get it all scraped up and get it back where we can utilize it again.”

For anyone who would like to volunteer with the clean-up efforts can do so by showing up to Kirby Park in Nichols on August 5.

Parking is available at the lot across the street. 

In a related note, Windham Township in Pennsylvania is asking for help to cleanup the damage caused by Monday’s floods.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday at Township Hall.

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