Spencerport lift bridge to open to traffic Friday

Spencerport

SPENCERPORT, N.Y. (WROC) – The lift bridge in Spencerport will be lowered on Thursday and open for traffic on Friday, according to Spencerport Mayor Gary Penders.

Officials said there is still some work to be done over the winter and spring before it’s completed, and drivers can expect occasional delays as the lift bridge mechanism is tested, but it will be ready for use.

“Obviously for our businesses I’m very happy,” Penders said. “It’s coming to a point it’s gonna be reopened because there are some businesses that depended on the drive through and people stopping which was gone during this period, I’m definitely happy for that.”

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According to the Department of Transportation, the southern approach to the bridge along Route 259 has been altered to improve visibility for drivers. Sidewalks were also replaced and trees and streetlights were added to the area.

Penders said he hopes to have the whole project completed by the spring, when they plan to have a celebration.

The Main Street bridge in the Village of Fairport is under construction as part of the same $16.3 million infrastructure initiative. Completion of that project was delayed due to supply issues in October. It was expected to reopen in November, but is now scheduled to reopen in February at the earliest.

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The Department of Transportation says both bridges should be fully operational in time for the 2021 canal navigational season.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we continue to update this developing story.

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