$3M Bryan's Bridge Work Due to be Completed by Year's End

Bridge repair project also includes groundwater treatment work.

Photo by Judy Mottl/Patch.
Photo by Judy Mottl/Patch.

The $3 million dollar structural repair of Bryan’s Bridge on Middle Road in Bayport won’t be finished until the end of 2014, according to county officials.

The work begun in August, 2013 on the 500-foot bridge, which is over 75 years old, not only includes structure and paving repair, but groundwater treatment and draining.

The project, according to Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay’s office, was necessary as the bridge has a limited capacity of 20 tons and was requiring repairs at a higher frequency. There is also a stretch of Middle Road, from Seaman Avenue in Bayport to Foster Avenue in Sayville, that is having groundwater treatment work as well.

“An inspection performed by LKB Engineering to evaluate the bridge detailed that the structure should be replaced based on a life cycle cost analysis,” he explained in an email to Patch on Tuesday.

Currently, the north side of the bridge is closed and being worked on. A temporary multi-directional traffic signal was installed to allow vehicles to alternate travel direction for both east-and west- bound travelers at the site.

Lindsay noted that the north side repair work must be completed before work begins on the south side segment.

“Due to the overwhelming amount of repairs over the years and the age of the bridge, it is important that we rebuild the bridge now. By waiting any longer we may risk the safety of our residents. Also by rebuilding now, we are saving money that would otherwise be spent on ongoing repairs in the future,” he stated in the email.

The target completion date may be impacted by weather conditions, noted Lindsay, but so far the project is on the expected timeline.

“Obviously some projects can take longer than originally estimated. It is anticipated the entire project will be done by the end of 2014. Extreme weather conditions and recent storms have slowed the progress of the project, but they are picking up speed as the temperature rises,” he wrote.

Lindsay encourages resident to reach out to his office with any questions or issues relating to the project.

“We will be keeping in constant contact with our Department of Public Works to see that the project is moving forward and that the bridge will be completed as soon as possible,” he said.

Ed Horcrantz January 14, 2014 at 03:18 PM
1 and a 1/2 years for the rebuilding of the bridge? Groundwater treatment? We need to know what exactly that means. What is wrong with the groundwater? Perhaps the explanation is the remediation of the groundwater. De watering? The project began last summer. There has to be an explanation as to why this is taking so long.
G. Lane January 14, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Honestly Ed, I am tired of your complaining about the bridge. I for one am glad that the water situation is being addressed at this location. If you have any further questions, call your buddy Bill Lindsay. I'm sure he'll be happy to help you. Drive down McConnell Ave and you can avoid the bridge. Move on...
ItsNotMeItsYou January 16, 2014 at 09:55 PM
Ouch! But, I see what you mean, G. Ed, you've posted 10 times in 5 days about this. I think you need to find a new outlet, and obviously, you aren't going to find your answers here.
Ed Horcrantz January 17, 2014 at 04:47 PM
G.Lane...... there is NO water situation at the bridge. You see, if you didn't notice, the bridge is built over a river. The water has been there for centuries. You say you are tired of my "complaining"? Don't read my posts and I won't read yours. If these contractors knew what they were doing, they would have been finished. They started in August. The article states that it may take another 12 months. As for telling me to contact my "buddy" Bill Lindsay, I took your advice and did. Amazingly he answered my call and is looking into the matter. And, please don't tell me to drive down McConnell. That was a ridiculous statement. People like you will believe any hair brained excuse for government incompetency. Perhaps you work for county?
J January 19, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Just wanted to let everyone know BRYAN was a wonderful man. Being inconvenienced due to making improvements is minor. These improvements will hopefully fully honor his memory. Xoxo RIP Bryan.
Ed Horcrantz January 22, 2014 at 04:22 PM
J...... I knew Bryan also I also know his family. 1 and a half years to rebuild this bridge is just plain unacceptable. Someome needs to tell us what the heck is the holdup. Is it DEC problems? Pumping un filtered water into the brackish water of Browns River is going to kille the marine life.
BB January 22, 2014 at 09:45 PM
Who was Bryan? How did the bridge come to be named after him?
ItsNotMeItsYou January 24, 2014 at 05:16 PM
I believe his name was Bryan Anderson. I think he died in his late-20s or early-30s. The gazebo in Blue Point, on Park Street is also named for him, I think. I don't know much about what he did during his short life. It seems there are people on here that seemed to know him very well, but don't want to answer. I'd like to think that even Bryan would want the bridge repaired correctly. No reason to slap it all together, ED. They want this thing to be repair-free for the NEXT 100 years.
JBs January 25, 2014 at 08:14 AM
Bryan E Schneck. The gentleman perished in an industrial accident at Brookhaven Lab.
BB January 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM
Thank you both.
J January 26, 2014 at 07:04 PM
It'snotmeitsyou is incorrect. JB is correct Bryan Schneck: well loved gentleman graduated from Bayport-Blue Point & gone too soon.
ItsNotMeItsYou January 26, 2014 at 09:12 PM
It was already established that I was wrong, by JBs, as a matter of fact, I made that statement with some uncertainty. Way to follow the thread, J. Let us not ignore that everyone that knew him so well can't answer BB's simple question.


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