As repairs to the historic Sagg Bridge in the Village of Sagaponack wrap up, officials continue to push to have the work finished before Memorial Day weekend.
The bridge, which runs along Bridge Lane, has been closed since mid-November and is scheduled to reopen on May 15. If the bridge is not completed by May 15, the contracting company, Keith Grimes Inc. of Bridgehampton, would have to pay damages of $1,000 per day, according to Rhodi Winchell, the Sagaponack village clerk.
An April progress report from D.B. Bennett, an East Hampton consulting engineer firm, noted that workers have so far poured concrete for the bridge deck and have installed rebar for rail posts, but still need to complete other concrete deck and rail work, curb installation, paving and repairs.
The physical appearance of the Sagg Bridge, which was built in 1923 and measures about 91 feet long and 24.5 feet wide, is expected to remain the same after repairs are completed. Last summer, $500,000 in state funding helped offset the cost of the project, with the Village of Sagaponack picking up the rest of the bill, which is $400,000, from its capital highway reserve fund.
Sagaponack Village bought the bridge from Southampton Town for $1 last year, after Sagaponack and Bridgehampton residents objected to Town Highway Department plans to change key components of the bridge as part of needed renovations, removing some desired elements and adding new safety features that critics said didn’t fit the bridge’s spartan design.