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Schenectady City Council votes to demolish pedestrian bridges

November 27, 2017 11:23 PM

A pair of pedestrian bridges in need of repair will be demolished next year in Schenectady.

The Schenectady City Council on Monday voted to tear down the bridges, which connect the General Electric campus to Schenectady Community College.  City officials say it would have cost upwards of $3 million to repair the bridges, which do not have lighting or handicap access.  Instead the city plans to demolish the worn-out walkways for $1.5 million.  The bulk of the demolition cost would come from federal aid.

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"Right now they're a burden to the city because we have to maintain them,"  explained Councilmember John Polimeni.  "We have to worry about the maintenance of the bridges and quite frankly it doesn't get a whole lot of use."

The city received more than 60 letters from people wanting to keep the bridge.  

"I use it to get back and forth from work," said Melanie Valentin, who works at General Electric.

City officials say they are coordinating with Metroplex Development Authority to re-route workers.  

"We love General Electric and we want the workers to be part of the city.  It's definitely not a slight to them, but it is a cost to the city and we have to look out for the best interest of the residents," Polimeni said.

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