Commuters travel over the Route 370 bridge that connects Liverpool and Baldwinsville at the Seneca River on Monday. The NYS DOT has to make repairs to the bridge this summer, which will result in a multi-month closure of the bridge. Businesses in the area have signed a petition asking officials to look at alternatives, which would allow the bridge to remain open.
Baldwinsville Residents of the Liverpool/Baldwinsville area are currently circulating a petition asking Assemblyman Will Barclay, Sen. John DeFrancisco and the NYS Department of Transportation to leave open both lanes of the Route 370 Bridge over the Seneca River while the NYS DOT makes repairs. The petition aims to prevent the loss of businesses and jobs that the rerouting of traffic will cause.
Many area business owners who have signed the petition said the reduced traffic to their businesses will cause financial hardships and may even compel closure of their establishments.
“Closing the bridge would deny access to my repair shop to anybody coming from Liverpool,” said Maurice Garand, owner of B&M Transmission on the Cold Springs peninsula. “That amounts to about 50 percent of my business. I don’t know if the business can survive this severe drop in customers. I am afraid that after 17 years at this location I will be forced to close.”
“The economy has already hit us small business owners who rely on recreational activities to make a living,” added Jim Pynn, owner of J & S Marine, also located on the peninsula. “The closure of this bridge that is set to take place from mid May to the end of October/beginning of November would be devastating to all of the seasonal small business owners in this area. Ninety percent of our customers use this bridge to access our services – I repeat, 90 percent of our business! These dates happen to fall on our busiest time of the season where we make the majority of the money needed to survive as small businesses. This just doesn’t affect us but our employees as well, who work for us to be able to provide for their families. Everyone in this community relies on this bridge for survival. There has to be a better approach to fixing this bridge.”