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State DOT begins bridge replacement on Route 31F in Perinton

State DOT begins bridge replacement on Route 31F in Perinton

bagger-constructing-construction-2489Construction has begun on a $1.1 million project to replace a bridge in  Perinton.

The state Department of Transportation will close the bridge that carries Route 31F over Thomas Creek in Perinton on July 16, with project completion expected this fall, officials said Friday.

“Replacing the Macedon Center Road bridge will enhance safety for motorists and pedestrians and revitalize the local economy,” DOT Acting Commissioner Paul Karas said in a statement. “This is one of Gov. Cuomo’s many smart infrastructure investments that are helping move the Finger Lakes forward.”

The bridge is a critical link between Monroe and Wayne counties for many commercial vehicles, officials said, and it helps connect residents to nearby businesses and schools in Perinton and Macedon.

The project will consist of replacing the existing bridge, which is nearly 90 years old, with a new, single-span structure using reinforced concrete. The new bridge will be wider, with 12-foot travel lanes and six-foot shoulders. The pedestrian bridge that lies north of the existing bridge will be removed and the new bridge will carry a sidewalk in its place.

“Public investments in transportation infrastructure are critical not only for the construction jobs created, but for the long-term economic activity generated as a result of a vibrant, efficient network of roads and bridges,” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said.

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