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DOT closing Knowlesville lift bridge for winter

Posted 16 November 2017 at 9:52 am

File photo: The Knowlesville lift bridge, which has been reduced to one-lane traffic with a 6-ton weight limit, is be closed for the winter.

Press Release, NYS Department of Transportation

RIDGEWAY – The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that the bridge carrying Knowlesville Road over the Erie Canal in the town of Ridgeway will close to all traffic, including bicyclists and pedestrians, for the winter months beginning today. The road is expected to reopen by the end of February 2018.

A recent bridge inspection and engineering analysis identified the need to close the bridge immediately for steel repairs. A previously scheduled repair project to fix the steel beams carrying the bridge over the Canal is scheduled to begin on November 27.

The truss-style movable bridge, built in 1910, is posted with a maximum weight of six tons. Upon completion of the repairs, the bridge is expected to reopen to all legal loads.

Approximately 1,100 vehicles use this canal crossing daily.

No official detour will be posted. Culvert Road passing under the canal is approximately 1.5 miles to the west, and the Presbyterian Road bridge is less than two miles to the east.

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