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Gillett Road bridge in Ogden closing due to potential structural deficiencies

A detour route posted by the Monroe County Department of Transportation for drivers who use the Gillett Road bridge. It is being closed Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, due to potential structural deficiencies.
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A detour route posted by the Monroe County Department of Transportation for drivers who use the Gillett Road bridge. It is being closed Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, due to potential structural deficiencies.

A bridge in Ogden will be closed starting Wednesday morning because of potential structural problems, Monroe County officials said.

It is the Gillett Road Bridge over an abandoned CSX/New York Central Railroad line in the town of Ogden.

County Executive Adam Bello said the county’s highways superintendent, Thomas Frys, ordered that bridge indefinitely closed.

Officials said that a recent state inspection of the CSX-owned span revealed potential structural deficiencies that could post a threat to public safety.

The county said that in January 2023, after CSX failed to take action on a state-issued "red flag" for the bridge, county crews installed barrels along the bridge to shift traffic away from the span’s outside girders.

The New York State Department of Transportation issues a red flag warning when inspectors determine the failure or potential failure of a primary structural bridge component is likely to occur within two years of the current inspection.

Officials said a follow-up analysis determined the best course of action would be for the county to close the bridge.

Drivers are advised to detour using Big Ridge, Manitou and Spencerport roads. Detours will be posted.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.