Liftbridge Reconstruction Project

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Bridge Construction Updates:
Updates from the weekly meetings held with the Village of Fairport, NYS DOT, and representatives of our NY State Legislators.

Lift Bridge Weekly Update - July 19, 2021

We held our lift bridge celebration on July 2, 2021!
While the bridge is open to traffic, please be aware that completion of construction will continue for a month or two. There will be occasional lane closures but the bridge will continue to be operational. Thank you to our community for your patience during this challenging project. 


Lift Bridge Weekly Update - June 18, 2021

This is a brief update on the lift bridge project: The contractor was able to manually lower the bridge to set the final elevations for the pit slabs. Both north and south pit slabs were poured this week.
Next Milestone:
Final commissioning of the bridge is schedule for next week.

We are on target for a late June bridge opening.




pictures under the north end of the bridge
Climbing down a few ladders was required to get under the surface of the bridge to see the levels of components that make up the operations. The bridge still uses the same type of technology that was installed at the beginning of the 20th century.
cables and weights under the bridge
Cables/pulley system used to lift the bridge. 108 lb. concrete blocks make up the counter weight system

Lift Bridge Weekly Update - June 11, 2021

We had the opportunity to experience some of the construction progress associated with the Liftbridge this week. The pictures reflect the inner workings of the bridge below grade on the North side of the canal. You can see the concrete counter weights in some of the pics. Hundreds if not thousands of 108lb. concrete blocks are placed in the counter weight system to assist with the lifting of the bridge. Amazing engineering!
We learned that the loud squealing noise that the bridge was making prior to this project was because the bridge had shifted south by under an inch. 
Concrete needs to be poured and cured and paving to bring the bridge inline with the roadway needs to be completed along with more testing of the new parts. With the remanufacture of the lifts, the project has moved back to the schedule of completion the last week of June.  There will be additional work that will continue through the end of July that will cause temporary lane closures. 

Lift Bridge Weekly Update - June 4, 2021

Work on the bridge will be offsite during the weekend of June 5 & 6 as there will need to be remanufacturing of the cables needed to lift and lower the bridge. The specifications have changed during the construction.  There needs to be more length in the cable.

Lift Bridge Weekly Update - May 28, 2021

Installation of all machinery components are scheduled to be complete this week. Initial manual raising and lowering of bridge is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. With the exception of the Memorial Day Holiday weekend ( Sunday and Monday) Work is progressing seven days a week, often using two shifts per day. We are currently anticipating a mid-June opening.


Lift Bridge Weekly Update - May 21, 2021

All machinery components are on site, approximately 95% are in final position.   Current work is focused on installation and final alignment of the span drive system.   Lighting conduits are being installed and some fixtures have been delivered to contractors staging area.  Work is progressing seven days a week, often using two shifts per day.  We are currently anticipating a mid-June opening.


Lift Bridge Weekly Update - May 14, 2021

All machinery components are on site, approximately 80% are in final position.   Current work is focused on installation and final alignment of the span drive system as well as final balancing of counterweights and lift span.  Lighting conduits are being installed and some fixtures have been delivered to contractors staging area.  Work is progressing seven days a week, often using two shifts per day.  We are currently anticipating a mid-June opening.

Lift Bridge Weekly Update - May 7, 2021
All machinery components are on site.   Work is progressing on placement of the roadway over the pits.   Current work is focused on installation and final alignment of the span drive system.

Installation of iconic lighting progressing.  Conduits are being installed and some fixtures have been delivered to contractors staging area.

Work is progressing seven days a week, often using two shifts per day.  We are currently anticipating a mid-June opening.


Lift Bridge Weekly Update - April 30, 2021
Work is complete on machinery and related lifting components in the pits.  Work is progressing on placement of the roadway over the pits.   This week the drive shaft, gear box, motor, and breaks were delivered.  Work is progressing on installation of these components.

Work will be progressed seven days a week, often using two shifts per day.  We are currently anticipating a mid-June opening.

 
Lift Bridge Weekly Update - April 23, 2021
Work is progressing on machinery and related lifting components in the pits. Completed final alignment of begin pit counterweight sheaves and balance shaft, pending field inspection and acceptance.
Final inspection of machinery identified.
Need to re-fabricate bolts for drive shaft.
DOT and contractor working together to take steps that should improve installation time.
These are all positive signs for the bridge reopening to occur mid-June to late June.


Weekly Update - April 16, 2021
This week the counter weight sheaves (they look like giant pulleys) arrived. Each week, as new parts arrive, the job of on-site installation begins and then parts are tested.  Conduit for special bridge lighting was installed. More parts are expected again next week.  Outlook for bridge reopening is still on track for late spring 2021.


Weekly Update - April 9, 2021
Custom parts have begun to arrive and they look to fit the manufacturing specifications needed for successful installation. Installs are beginning in the lifting pit. We're expecting more of the parts to arrive in the upcoming week. Work continues below the surface of the bridge in the lifting pit. Still looking for opening of the bridge late spring 2021.

Weekly Update - April 2, 2021

Work is continuing on the bridge and most is in the lifting pit. One item that was done this week was the reinstallation of the antique bell.  Looking forward to getting the other parts that are needed to open the bridge late spring.


For Immediate Release:
Friday, March 19, 2021
STATEMENT FROM NYSDOT REGION 4 DIRECTOR KEVIN BUSH
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) understands and appreciates the historical significance and regional economic importance of the Route 250 Main Street Canal Lift Bridge in the Village of Fairport. During the rehabilitation of this 107-year old mechanical lift bridge, material delays have been incurred as a result of supply chain issues and the fabrication of specialized mechanical parts necessary for the safe operation of the lifting apparatus. While the NYSDOT is confident that these issues have been addressed, the opening of the bridge will be delayed until later this spring. NYSDOT appreciates the public’s patience with this revitalization project and we will continue to communicate with the Village and the community on progress and schedule over the coming weeks. We look forward to safely celebrating the re-opening of this landmark bridge with the community.



Fairport On The Rise
For more than 100 years, the iconic lift bridge has been a point of pride for the people of Fairport, and a featured attraction in the heart of our village. Its distinctive design continues to charm residents and visitors alike. Given the historical significance of our lift bridge, great care has been taken through the years to preserve it, rather than replace it.

Once again the time has come to bring the lift bridge back to its former glory, ensuring it remains a vibrant and treasured part of the Village of Fairport for the next century and beyond.

The Village of Fairport is celebrating the next chapter in its notable history as the ‘Crown Jewel of the Erie Canal’ with a Fairport on the Rise! awareness campaign reinforcing it as a prime destination to live, work and visit. This is an exciting time for Fairport! We are preserving our rich history by rehabilitating the iconic Lift Bridge, developing the western banks of the Erie Canal to enhance the boater/pedestrian/cyclist experience, welcoming new businesses including craft breweries, distilleries, restaurants and retail, and adding modern housing options to draw new residents. In the midst of the excitement, people will continue to have easy access to businesses, sidewalks, parking, boating and signature events and activities.

Come back to our Fairport on the Rise! web page for updated information and check out our live canal webcam. Fairport truly is a village ‘on the rise’ and all are welcome to come and explore!

Mayor Julie Domaratz

To receive text message alerts and updates regarding the bridge closure, text: fptbridge to 888-777

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