State DOT to host public hearing for bridge replacement project on SR 12E in Brownville

Hearing Set for March 23 at the General Brown Central School in Dexter

DEXTER, NY — The New York State Department of Transportation will host a public hearing on Thursday, March 23, pertaining to an upcoming project to replace the bridge carrying State Route 12E over the Black River in the Village of Brownville, in Jefferson County. The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the General Brown Central School, 17643 Cemetery Road, Dexter, New York.

During the hearing, NYSDOT representatives will provide information and answer questions about the project. Interested persons will be given the opportunity to express their views or concerns about the project. The proceedings will be recorded. Additionally, persons may file written statements and other exhibits in place of or in addition to oral statements made at the public hearing. Written statements submitted at the hearing and those received before Friday, April 7, 2023, at the Regional Director’s Office will be made part of the record.

The project proposes to replace the existing bridge over the Black River with a new structure approximately a half-mile downstream from the existing bridge. In addition, the highway approaches along State Routes 12E and 12F will be widened to accommodate turning lanes onto the new highway and a left turn lane will be constructed on the State Route 12F eastbound approach. The existing bridge will be removed, a utility structure installed in its place and Bridge Street in the Village of Brownville will be abandoned. A concrete sidewalk will also be provided on the east side of the proposed bridge for future use.

Please advise this office if a sign language interpreter, assistive listening system or any other accommodations will be required to facilitate your participation. Interested individuals who are not able to attend on this date may obtain project information by contacting: Kent Collier, P.E., Regional Design, at (315) 785-7962 or by email at