Medina lift bridge to close 3 weeks for repairs

Staff Reports Posted 26 June 2018 at 4:37 pm

File photo by Tom Rivers: The lift bridge in Medina is pictured in the background of this photo that shows The Big Apple, a sculpture by Richard Bannister.

Press Release, NY Canal Corporation

ALBANY—The New York State Canal Corporation announced today the lift bridge in Medina will be closed to all vehicular traffic on Route 63 from July 16 to Aug. 4 as repairs are made to the bridge’s lifting system.

Crews will be replacing the counterweight cables to the bridge, which carries traffic over the Erie Canal in the Orleans County village.

The pedestrian walkways will remain open during these repairs, except for a brief time after the bridge is first placed in the raised position. The pedestrian walkways will not be handicap accessible during the scheduled work period.

During the project, a signed detour for vehicles will be posted utilizing Route 31E (West Center Street and State Street), Route 271 (North Main Street) and Route 104 (Ridge Road).

Motorists using the detour routes are encouraged to plan their trips accordingly and leave extra time for travel

This work will not affect the Erie Canalway Trail or navigation on the Canal System. While a barge will slightly encroach into the channel, the normal overhead clearance will not be affected. Mariners should reduce speed, stop all forward motion, and proceed at a “No Wake” speed when traversing this area.

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