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Government will fix Schenectady bridge — but it won’t be quick

Nicole Mason of Schenectady, her daughter Aahlayah Mason, 4, and their dog Ciroc, relax on the barracades blocking the Oak Street bridge at the 8th Avenue intersection in late May, 2013.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Nicole Mason of Schenectady, her daughter Aahlayah Mason, 4, and their dog Ciroc, relax on the barracades blocking the Oak Street bridge at the 8th Avenue intersection in late May, 2013.
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The state and federal government are going to pay to fix the Oak Street Bridge. But the design might take more than a year, and construction will not be done until 2015, Mayor Gary McCarthy said. “I don’t want to mislead people [into thinking] it’s going to be open in 90 days. That’s not going to happen,” he said. The bridge, which is owned by CSX, was closed in April after failing two inspections over ...


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