Brockport’s lift bridge to close on Main Street beginning May 15 for extensive repairs

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 April 2023 at 5:40 pm

BROCKPORT – The Main Street lift bridge in Brockport will close to traffic beginning May 15 for an extensive rehabilitation, similar to the massive overhaul effort for the lift bridge in Albion.

The state Department of Transportation closed traffic over the canal in Albion on Nov. 14 for the bridge construction project. Soon it will be Brockport’s turn.

The two projects were bid together with Crane-Hogan Structural Systems in Spencerport the general contractor on the $28.3 million projects.

The work on both bridges is to be complete about a year from now in the spring 2024.

The Brockport project is getting started about a month later than expected. That’s because the village’s other lift bridge on Park Avenue needed some work before more traffic was funneled to that bridge.

The Park Avenue lift bridge closed to traffic on March 27. The DOT is pushing back the Main Street closure until May 15 so the bridge can be open for commencement weekend at SUNY Brockport.

The work on the lift bridges over Route 98 in Albion and Route 19 in Brockport includes:

  • Replacing bridge decks and portions of the truss system with high-strength, galvanized steel.
  • Modernizing mechanical and electrical components within the bridge’s lifting system.
  • Rehabilitating the bridge towers.
  • Installing new bridge rails.
  • Repainting the bridge, maintaining its current shade of green.
  • During construction, the bridge will be dismantled with individual trusses lifted and placed in the lot adjacent to the Canal, where the rehabilitation work will occur. When work is complete, it will be moved back into place over the Canal.