DOT will discuss $15 million rehab of Albion lift bridge during meeting Thursday

Photo by Tom Rivers: The Main Street lift bridge in Albion is pictured on Sunday evening in a photo taken from the Ingersoll Street lift bridge. The Main Street bridge will close for 18 months beginning in 2022 for major repairs.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 October 2019 at 4:56 pm

ALBION – The state Department of Transportation will present a plan on Thursday for extensive repairs to the Main Street lift bridge in Albion.

The DOT will answer questions about the project from 3:30 to 5:30 during a public meeting at Hoag Library.

The Main Street lift bridge 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 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.

DOT staff will be on hand to share project information at the open-house-style meeting, and will receive public comments and answer individual questions.

Those interested in attending may arrive at any time during the scheduled meetings to review project details, including the scope of work and planned traffic detours during construction. No formal presentation will be made.

The DOT also has a public meeting scheduled to discuss the plans for closing and repairing the lift bridge in Brockport on Route 19. The Brockport meeting will be on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the A.D. Oliver Middle School auditorium, 40 Allen St.

For further information, or to request a sign language interpreter or assistive listening system, contact Katherine Fragale at 585-371-9245 or

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