State, county and local officials as well as representatives of businesses will once again get together Monday to discuss solutions to the pressing issues involving the James A. Farley Memorial Bridge on Route 9W in Stony Point.
The meeting is to follow up the ideas that came out of the Aug. 7 meeting, initiated by state Sen. Thomas Morahan.
â€œMy role here is to make sure that they are all on the same page, they are all working together, and they all know what their needs are,â€ Morahan said, referring to the different parties who need to cooperate to solve the problem, at the Republican headquarters that opened this morning.
The state Department of Transportation has banned vehicles â€” trucks, buses, fire engines â€” heavier than 20,000 pounds, or 10 tons, from using the bridge, a major route for commercial traffic, since July 3 as a result of an in-depth inspection that revealed corrosion on the steel structure of the 85-year-old span.
The DOT is currently working on bridge repairs mainly on weekends to try to make the bridge available for heavier vehicles. But the state agency made it clear that the vehicles heavier than 80,000 pounds, or 40 tons, would never be able to cross the bridge until the bridge is replaced.
At the Aug. 7 meeting, ideas such as possibly creating a detour for trucks heavier than 80,000 pounds and expediting the planned replacement project of the bridge, although the bridge might have to be shut for nearly a year.