Main Street bridge in Albion closes for repairs

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 March 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – The Main Street lift bridge is closing at about 9 a.m. today so crews can make steel repairs to the bridge that was built in 1911.

The work should be done in two to three weeks, in time for the start of the canal season that begins in early May.

The State Department of Transportation has posted detours. Truck traffic will be detoured using Route 387 (Fancher Road) via Routes 31 and 104.

Regular automobile traffic can cross the Erie Canal at Ingersoll Street. Bicyclists and pedestrians can cross the Main Street bridge at the discretion of construction workers.

Construction workers close off the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge at about 8:30 this morning.

The stairs lead to top of the lift bridge when it is in its raised position. Orleans County has seven of the 16 lift bridges on the canal, the most of any county.

The canal ambiance in Albion includes this shopping cart in the shallow water.