Truss removal for Albion lift bridge pushed back to next Tuesday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 January 2023 at 3:57 pm

This photo is from a screen shot of the Main Street lift bridge in Albion at 3:45 p.m. A YouTube page shows a livestream of the bridge. Click here to see it.

ALBION – Next Tuesday will be a historic day for Albion, if everything goes as planned.

The trusses from the Main Street lift bridge will be moved by a giant crane to just north of the canal on land owned by the State Canal Corp.

The trusses were expected to be moved this week, but that has been pushed back to Jan. 24, the state Department of Transportation said today.

The bridge closed to traffic on Nov. 14 and isn’t expected to reopen for 18 months as part of a major rehabilitation.

Crane-Hogan Structural Systems in Spencerport is general contractor for the project on the bridge that was originally constructed in 1914.

It also will be doing a similar effort in Brockport. The state approved a $28.3 million construction bid for the two bridge projects.

In rebuilding the Albion bridge, Crane-Hogan will be:

  • Replacing bridge decks and portions of the truss system with high-strength, galvanized steel.
  • Modernizing mechanical and electrical components within the bridge’s lifting system.
  • Rehabilitating the bridge tower.
  • Installing new bridge rails.
  • Repainting the bridge, maintaining its current shade of green.

When the work on the bridge is complete, the span will be moved back into place over the Canal, the state Department of Transportation said.