NEWFIELD, N.Y. – The bridge at Route 34/96 could be closed for days because of erosion that happened underneath the bridge during flash flooding Sunday night.


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“I don’t know if it’s going to be (closed) 24 hours or a week,” said Gene Cilento, a New York State Department of Transportation spokesman. “The bridge will not fall but there is erosion.”
He said the bridge’s structural integrity and extent of the erosion is being examined by crews.
He said the closure is for northbound and southbound lanes on Route 34/96  between Piper and Brown roads. About 4,000 people travel that portion of the bridge a day.
The Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response released an updated list of road closures around 3 p.m. Monday.
They include:
— Bower Road between Shaffer and VanBuskirk roads

— Burge Hill Road from Rte 13 until the end
— Brown Road from Route 34/96 to Bald Hill Road
— The intersection of VanBuskirk and Bower roads
Cilento said elsewhere in the region crews are focused on unclogging drainage areas and ditches.
Near the 1300 block of Route 13 this morning, NYSDOT crews were pumping water out of large pits that were formed at the entryways of people’s homes along the route.
Some photos of their work:
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