STOCKHOLM – St. Lawrence County lawmakers on Monday unanimously passed a resolution to hire Barton and Loguidice for consulting services regarding repairs to the McCarthy Road Bridge on the west arm of the St. Regis River.
The resolution, passed at the county’s finance committee meeting, authorizes Council of Legislators chairman William J. Sheridan, R-Hammond, to sign the contract.
The county’s highway department hired qualified consultants with experience in engineering services involving scour remediation, and the council determined that Barton and Loguidice were the best consultants for the project, according to the resolution.
“The reason this resolution is moving forward,” said Highway Superintendent Donald R. Chambers, “is, first, to put our design to work so that we can procure the necessary materials; and, second, the problem of infrastructure.
“The bridge is vulnerable to scour, and we’ve had erosion issues under the foundation that we’ve had to repair in the past, and Barton and Loguidice could provide the specialist engineering services I need for the bridge. fortify so that it can to resist erosion of the soles, ”he said.
The city of Stockholm’s open steel-deck bridge, Chambers said, is 8 tonnes low.
“It is deteriorating quite quickly,” he said, adding that the steel is heavily corroded, “which will lead to a shutdown very soon.”
“Scour” is a technical term for erosion around a bridge foundation, often caused by flooding, and is the leading cause of bridge failure, according to the US Geological Survey.
Mr. Chambers said the total cost of engineering services will be $ 8,000. The 2021 budget of the Ministry of Highways will be amended to reflect the cost of the contract.
“I use our own strength to do some of the drawing and surveying work to keep engineering costs down,” Chambers said.
The resolution will go to a second vote at the next board meeting on Dec.6, after two public hearings: for the county’s $ 260 million 2022 budget and for changes to the county’s 15 legislative districts.