PENN YAN—Liberty Street in Penn Yan is alive with construction work from two different projects.
One is the New York State Department of Transportation taking soil samples for the Liberty Street bridge project. Brent Bodine, assistant director of public works for Penn Yan, said this is in preparation for the bridge replacement project, scheduled to take place next year. He added the DOT was down below the bridge last week taking samples already. Now, the machinery is up on the sidewalk at the former Garrett Winery building.
Bodine said the core samples are needed to see how far down bedrock and sheet piling is. Since the bridge project calls for completely replacing the support structures, the DOT needs to know what the ground they will be building on is made of.
Just south of the bridge, is the village’s Brown Street water project. Bodine said work this week will include saw cutting the waterlines at the Lake and Liberty Street Intersection, and work on the water service laterals.
He explained the work on the water main will tie it into the intersection at South and Liberty Streets. As part of the project, the village has already finished service work.
Bodine said the work started in mid-March. He added that traffic would be affected and traffic patterns changed. Bodine explained the village hopes to finish it by Memorial Day. Genesee Construction is doing the work.