- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

KEENE, N.Y. (AP) - Crews in New York state will soon begin work to replace seven bridges in the Adirondacks as part of a larger effort to protect the state’s bridges from floods.

The seven bridges carry Route 73 in the town of Keene in Essex County. The new bridges will have stronger foundations and more waterway openings to enhance their ability to withstand floods. The $15.6 million project is expected to begin this week and last into next year.

The state hopes to replace or improve 105 bridges to reduce the risk posed by floods, which can weaken bridges’ foundations and cause them to collapse. More than $278 million in federal funding for the work has been approved so far.

Keene experienced significant flood damage in 2011 during Tropical Storm Irene.

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