DOT will discuss new Albion bridge

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 April 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The state Department of Transportation will meet with the Albion community on April 24 to discuss plans to replace the Clarendon Street bridge.

ALBION – State Department of Transportation officials will update the community next week on plans to replace the Clarendon Street bridge.

The 6 p.m. meeting on April 24 will be at the village office, 35-37 East Bank St. Village officials and the DOT have been discussing the bridge replacement for about a decade. The Village Board voted, 3-2, in January to move ahead with the project.

The project is an estimated at $2 million. The federal government is expected to pay 80 percent, with the state 15 percent and the village the remaining 5 percent. However, the village has to front all the money and wait to be reimbursed.

The 40-year-old bridge was built over the railroad tracks on the Falls Road Railroad, which runs from Lockport to Brockport.

The new bridge will be higher than the current one, which will require longer approaches and some property acquisition. DOT officials are expected to talk about the land acquisition process as well as the design for the new span.