FAIRPORT, N.Y. (WROC) — After several delays, the Fairport Lift Bridge over the Erie Canal officially opened Friday.
The historic bridge closed to public travel in September of 2019, making daily commutes through the village more difficult and slowing the flow of traffic to Fairport’s business district.
The project was delayed for a second time earlier this year, with New York State Department of Transportation officials citing supply chain issues leading to the delay in getting necessary materials for the rehabilitation process.
As part of the state’s ongoing efforts to strengthen existing canal roadways within the region, the Main Street lift bridge received multiple upgrades and extensive repairs.
Improvements included the replacement of the bridge’s flooring system with high-strength galvanized steel and updates to its lifting mechanism. The project’s main objective is to preserve the bridge.
“This restoration of a one-of-a-kind set of components and machinery unique to this historic bridge,” Fairport Mayor Julie Domaratz said. “It ensures that future generations will be able to experience the Fairport Lift Bridge on the Erie Canal for decades to come.”
A ribbon cutting ceremony — originally scheduled to take place Friday at 11 a.m. but then moved to 12:15 p.m. — welcomed Fairport residents to their village’s newly refurbished bridge.