DOT to detail upcoming Main Street lift bridge project in Albion at Aug. 16 meeting

Photo by Tom Rivers: Boats pass underneath the Main Street lift bridge in Albion last week.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 August 2022 at 2:22 pm

ALBION – The state Department of Transportation will have a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 16 to provide details about an upcoming $15 million rehabilitation of the Main Street lift bridge.

That bridge on Route 98 is expected to be closed for about 18 months.

The DOT will have displays and other information about the project, with staff present to take questions from the community. The meeting will be 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 previously 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.