RIDEGEWAY — Drivers on Route 104 will need to take a detour for the next few months.

The highway bridge over Oak Orchard Creek has been closed as construction crews work to replace the existing structure, state Department of Transportation officials said. A new multi-girder bridge that features upgraded bridge shoulders and other improvements will be built in its place.

The new bridge is expected to open to traffic in September. A signed detour is currently in place for motorists to use Route 98, Route 31A, Route 63 and Route 104.

Local roads near the bridge will be accessible during construction, DOT officials said.

The project is among several in the GLOW region as the highway construction season begins.

Work also began this week on a culvert replacement on Browns Mill Road in Alexander, while a three-month water service replacement project is slated to begin Monday on Swan, Hutchins and Otis streets in Batavia.

Drivers are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of person’s driver’s license.

For real-time travel information, motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or the mobile site at m.511ny.org.

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