The Armitage Road Bridge over the Erie Canal, which has been closed since April 2022, is set to reopen for vehicular traffic this upcoming fall, according to the state Department of Transportation (DOT).
The Finger Lakes Times spoke with DOT spokesman Joshua Heller about rumors that the bridge was being turned into a pedestrian-only crossing.
He confirmed that the ongoing project, involving the repainting and rehabilitation of the one-lane, steel truss bridge, will conclude this fall and it will be full-use for vehicles and pedestrians.
The bridge’s refurbishment, which carries a budget of $800,000 sourced from federal and state funds, faced delays as it didn’t reopen as initially anticipated by the end of 2022.
The closure, which led to detours directing traffic via Routes 89 and 318 to Gravel Road, evoked concerns among locals about the structure’s future and the extended work duration.
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