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DOT plans $15 million project to upgrade Main Street lift bridge in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2019 at 10:57 am

Meeting on Oct. 17 about project that will close bridge in 2022-2023 for major repairs

Photo by Tom Rivers: Cyclists are pictured on July 8 by the Main Street lift bridge as part of the annual Cycle the Erie Canal trip.

ALBION – The Main Street lift bridge in Albion is slated for $15 million in repairs and construction work beginning in 2022, with the project keeping the bridge closed for 18 months until 2023.

The state Department of Transportation will discuss the project during a public information meeting on Oct. 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hoag Library, 134 South Main St.

The bridge was originally built in 1914. It typically closes a few days each year for short-term repairs. It is one of 16 lift bridges on the Erie Canal, and one of seven in Orleans County.

The DOT said the work includes installing high-strength galvanized steel to replace the steel floor  system and select truss members.

Updates will also be made to the mechanical and electrical components of the lifting mechanisms. The lift tower will also be rehabilitated.

In addition, the bridge railing and guide rail on the bridge approaches will be improved and bridge will be repainted.

The DOT will have the project done the same time contractors work on the lift bridge on Route 19 in Brockport.

“Due to the unique work required, there are cost savings associated with combining lift bridge rehabilitations,” the DOT said in an advisory.

The DOT anticipates the design for the Albion bridge will be completed in June 2021, with construction expected in 2022 and 2023.

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