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DOT closing Bates Road canal bridge on Friday for 7 months

File photo by Tom Rivers: Motorists use the Bates Road canal bridge on Nov. 27, 2017. They are crossing the Erie Canal in Medina.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 November 2019 at 9:25 am

MEDINA – The canal bridge on Bates Road in Medina will close to traffic on Friday and will be off-limits to motorists for 7 months for rehabilitation work.

The state Department of Transportation has hired Crane Hogan Structural Systems for the project. This is one of seven canal bridges in the county getting extensive work as part of a $10.7 million initiative. Two of the bridges – Bennetts Corners Road in Murray and Densmore Road in Albion – are complete and have reopened to traffic this year.

The state also is currently working to overhaul canal bridges on Telegraph Road and Transit Road in Murray.

Besides Bates Road, the DOT also will work on two other bridges – Gaines Basin Road in the Town of Gaines and Marshall Road in the Town of Ridgeway.

The work includes installing galvanized steel to replace steel floor systems, low chords, gusset plates, and truss elements. Bridge railing and guide rail on the bridge approaches also will be improved and the bridges will be repainted black.

The  seven single-lane truss bridges were constructed between 1909 and 1914.

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