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State Route 31 bridge over Erie Canal finally complete: Reopened to the public

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The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the conclusion of a $4.8 million rehabilitation project on the State Route 31 bridge spanning the Erie Canal in Lyons, Wayne County.

Led by DOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez, the initiative not only ensured safety upgrades by replacing the bridge deck and introducing new guiderails but also added wider shoulders to benefit cyclists and pedestrians.

Enhancements like these are anticipated to extend the bridge’s lifespan by at least another 50 years and bolster access to Lyons’ core business district as well as unite Erie Canal communities.

The refurbishment, which began in spring 2022, included the modernization of structural components, a fresh paint coat, and the installation of navigation lighting to guide vessels on the Canal. The project, while aiding the region’s prominent apple orchard industry by improving a pivotal roadway, also generated 62 jobs throughout its duration.

The completion of this vital infrastructure emphasizes New York State’s dedication to community development, economic vitality, and strengthening transportation networks. Local officials, including Senator Pam Helming and Wayne County Administrator Rick House, lauded the effort, highlighting its significance for regional safety, commerce, and emergency services.