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For Release: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

DEC Announces Bridge Upgrades in St. Lawrence County

Two Bridge Projects Critical to Snowmobile Trail Network

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 today announced upgrades to two bridge projects critical to the St. Lawrence County snowmobile trail network. The Chap Hill Bridge, located in the town of Colton, on the Grass River Conservation Easement (CE), is part of a main snowmobile route. DEC determined the bridge to be structurally deficient for use as a public snowmobile bridge and replaced it with a stronger, portable bridge. The Region 6 Operations staff played a critical role in moving the portable bridge from the Goldmine CE and installing it at the Chap Hill location. DEC also collaborated with the St. Lawrence County Snowmobile Association on this project. The Morgan Road Bridge, located on the South Colton CE, was also deemed unsafe for public snowmobile use after it was destroyed by a contractor's overweight vehicle. Plans are in the works to replace the bridge with a permanent one. In the meantime, DEC has installed a portable bridge at this site.

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