$4.3 Million Project Restores Community Access to Business District
Completion Improves Traffic Flow, Enhances Safety for Motorists & Pedestrians
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the new Canandaigua Road bridge over the Erie Canal in the town of Macedon, Wayne County. The $4.3 million project reinstates a fundamental link between the residential community and the Macedon business district and directly complements the state’s record $21.1 billion investment in roads and bridges, primarily in Upstate New York.
“New York continues to lead by investing in key infrastructure and ensuring that our transportation system meets the needs of the 21st century,” Governor Cuomo said, “This new bridge literally reunites the community and will help improve traffic flow and bolster commerce across this span, as well as along the Erie canal below it."
The new Canandaigua Road bridge is located between Pittsford-Palmyra Road and Macedon Center Road, just south of the railroad tracks. The new bridge, which experiences an approximate 5,000 vehicle a day ridership, will allow for a better flow of commercial traffic, connect the mostly residential area with the village of Macedon’s business district, and make it easier for watercrafts traveling the Erie Canal to pass underneath.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “This modern new bridge is safer for motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and boaters and improves access across the canal and to a nearby campground, park and marina. It highlights the kind of investments Governor Cuomo is making to improve New York State’s transportation network through smart projects that support local economic activity and enhance facilities for pedestrians.”
Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton said, "The new Canandaigua Road bridge replaces the original 104-year-old span that was constructed during the Erie Canal's second enlargement into the modern Barge Canal. The successful completion of this project by the state Department of Transportation is a direct result of Governor Cuomo's unprecedented commitment to investing in critical infrastructure that improves safety and access for not only motorists, but also for mariners traversing the canal and pedestrians utilizing the Erie Canalway Trail."
The steel bridge features two eleven-foot travel lanes with four-foot shoulders on each side. The structure is supported by two piers and is not only wider, but also higher in elevation than the previous bridge, leaving more room for watercrafts to travel safely beneath it. Ornamental railings replicate the angled crossbeams on the original truss bridge. A five-foot concrete sidewalk on the west side of the bridge connects the Erie Canalway Trail to Marina Parkway and provides room for a continuous Erie Canalway Trail on the north side, making the trail, which previously crossed over the bridge, safer and more efficient for users. Trail connections are located on both sides of the road.
Senator Michael Nozzolio said, “An important thoroughfare for Wayne County is now open. I was glad to help secure the state funds for the repairs to the Canandaigua Road Bridge in the town of Macedon. My thanks to Governor Cuomo and the good work of the New York State Department of Transportation in making this project happen.”
Assemblyman Robert Oaks said, “Residents and commuters will benefit greatly from the re-opening of the Canandaigua Road bridge. Its two lanes for traffic will make the bridge safer and more convenient and the sidewalk will provide easy access for pedestrians to immediate points of interest like the Canal trail, Bullis Park, Twilight on the Erie RV Park and Midlakes Navigation boat rental and service. I have eagerly watched the progress over the past year from the dismantling of the old bridge to the completion. Everyone's patience is being rewarded as this beautiful new bridge is opened.”
Wayne County Board of Supervisors Chair Steve Leroy said, “This much needed State funding has allowed the Department of Transportation to replace the Canandaigua Road Bridge over the historic Erie Canal, a very important component of the Town’s infrastructure. Modernizing and improving our road networks are a vital part of economic growth and ensure our public safety and our ability to compete on a regional scale. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for supporting this and other projects that are so important to the Finger Lakes Region.”
Macedon Town Supervisor Cassandra Pagano said, “I am very pleased that the project to rebuild the Canandaigua Road Bridge project is completed and restoring a vital north south road way in the Town of Macedon. The care in preserving the original bridge, moving it to a secure location, is testimony to the importance of our heritage. The completion of the Canandaigua Road Bridge will improve public safety and convenience to the public. I would like to commend our Town Engineer Scott Allen and the Macedon Town Highway Superintendent, Chris Countryman for working closely with NYS Department of Transportation, Canal Corp, CSX, Economy Paving and the Wayne County Highway Department.”
The former structure was a narrow, single-lane truss bridge, built in 1912. It was carefully dismantled in an effort to preserve its historic components. The bridge parts are being stored to be reused at another location in the future. The construction contractor for the project, who began work in the spring of 2015, is Economy Paving of Cortland in Cortland County.
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