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Black River Parkway, Arch Street in Watertown reopened

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WATERTOWN — Black River Parkway and Arch Street reopened late Tuesday morning after workers finished major repairs to the 19th century archway that stands beneath the busy city thoroughfare.

The city Department of Public Works reopened about a mile-long section of Black River Parkway, from Whitewater Way to the J.B. Wise parking lot, about 11 a.m. Arch Street also was closed during the project’s duration.

Extensive repairs were completed on the stone archway as part of a nearly $200,000 project.

The brunt of the work was completed atop the archway. A small section of Black River Parkway was excavated to repair the stones at the top of the archway, formerly a railroad bridge.

Water had been seeping through the stones for some time, city officials said. That caused them to move slightly and the arch to fall into disrepair.

In April, the Watertown City Council awarded a $194,000 contract to Bette & Cring Inc., Watertown.

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