People interested in plans to replace the Route 79 bridge over the Chenango River will be able to comment on the project.

The state Department of Transportation will hold a virtual public hearing Tuesday afternoon.

The project will replace an existing bridge at an estimated cost of $11,650,000.

According to the DOT, the old span does not meet current design standards. The agency reports several crashes in recent years have been linked to "non-standard features" of the bridge layout.

A rendering of one alternative being considered for a new Route 79 bridge over the Chenango River. (Provided by NYSDOT)

The new bridge will incorporate features to safely accommodate bicycle and pedestrian access.

Construction is expected to get underway in the spring of 2022. The project should be completed in the fall of 2023.

The virtual public hearing is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Tuesday. People may connect with the meeting using this link: www.dot.ny.gov/NY79ChenangoRiverBridge

There is a phone-in option for the session. The number to call is (844) 633-8697. The access code is 161-572-3273.

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com

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