LITTLE VALLEY — Cattaraugus County Legislature committees will review a resolution Wednesday to contract for construction of a new Martin Road bridge in Great Valley.

The resolution accepting the low bid of $977,007 from Union Concrete and Construction Corp. of West Seneca is sponsored by Public Works Committee Chairman Vergilio “Dick” Giardini, D-Allegany, and vice chairman Richard Helmich, R-Delevan.

The current bridge has been closed since June 2016, when it was damaged by overweight trucks despite being posted for 12 tons. The bridge has an open steel deck, a design no longer used in the county. The steel beams carrying the deck had been previously shored up.

The 60-foot long Great Valley Bridge No. 9 over Forks Creek is on Martin Road, which is often used as a shortcut from Route 98 in Great Valley to Sugartown Road and Ellicottville.

After 16 months, Martin Road residents who liked the lack of traffic, have come to accept having to take the long way around.

The contract calls for the bridge to be completed and the road reopened by Oct. 31, 2018.

A separate resolution sponsored by Giardini and Helmich authorizes a contract with Greenman-Pedersen Inc., Buffalo, for construction inspection services for Great Valley Bridge No. 9. The contract is for $154,000.

Another bridge project, Leon Bridge No. 7 over Mud Creek on County Road 6, is eligible for a program with a 95 percent federal share. The resolution commits the county to 100 percent of costs that exceed $1,025,000 in funds available in the Bridge NY Program.

Two separate resolutions contract with the health departments in Chautauqua and Allegany counties for lead risk assessment services for $3,000 each.

Also on the agenda is a resolution sponsored by Joseph Snyder Jr., R-Ischua, to contract with Generations Forestry, Kane, Pa., for professional forest management services on county forest land.

The company will receive a 10 percent commission on sales to selectively mark trees and organize the sale of trees to reputable buyers in the area.

Also, the company would make sure state best practices were followed in the harvest and cleanup. The company would have until Dec. 31, 2019 to develop and submit a long-term forestry management plan.

(Contact reporter Rick Miller at rmiller@oleantimesherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @RMillerOTH)

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