Construction is set to begin this week on the rehabilitation of the State Street Bridge over the Erie Canal in the village of Pittsford. The project is designed to preserve and extend the service life of the steel truss bridge, originally constructed in 1973, through the replacement or repair of aging structural elements on the bridge.
The Route 31 bridge is a direct link into the village of Pittsford’s Historic District and downtown businesses.
“The Erie Canal helped make New York the Empire State and today, it continues to spur commercial and economic activity in the village of Pittsford,” said state Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez. “This project will extend the bridge’s service life for another 30 years and help preserve its contribution to the village’s Historic District and nearby Schoen Place, one of the most active waterfronts along the Erie Canal.”
The $3.58 million project will replace steel members, replace the concrete bridge deck and its sidewalks and approach slabs. Asphalt approaches to the bridge will be repaved. Once completed, the bridge will better accommodate users of the roadway and limit future disruptions to village businesses and destinations such as the public library and other municipal buildings, officials said.
The bridge was scheduled to close to traffic this week for up to six months. Following a public meeting in December 2019 and February 2020, the DOT has been in regular communication with village officials and first responders on the project to discuss the work involved and plans for an off-site detour, which will be in place during construction using Route 96, Route 31F, Route 153 and I-490. In addition, local traffic still will be able to access Route 31 up to the construction site on either side of the bridge.
“While this project is in the village, it does affect the many town residents, business owners and visitors who travel through the area each day,” said Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Smith. “I’m grateful village Mayor Bob Corby continues to advocate for the good of the community and has been in close contact with the NYSDOT to ensure the project runs as efficiently and quickly as possible while minimizing its impact on our town and village residents.”
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