Meeting today in Albion will detail Main Street lift bridge construction project

Photo by Tom Rivers: The DOT will present information today about an upcoming project at the Main Street lift ridge in Albion. The bridge is expected to be closed about 18 months.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 August 2022 at 10:24 am

ALBION – There will be a meeting today at Hoag Library from 6 to 8 p.m. which will detail an upcoming $15 million rehabilitation of the Main Street lift bridge.

The state Department of Transportation will have displays and other information about the project, with staff present to take questions from the community. The bridge on Route 98 is expected to be closed for about 18 months.

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.