A new historically sensitive bridge has arrived at Canalside, similar to the Whipple Truss that currently stretches across the Erie Canal terminus (Commercial Slip).
The newly arrived Whipple Truss bridge was constructed off site at LMC Industrial Contractors, Inc. in Dansville, NY, and will soon permanently grace the Historically Aligned Canals project. The bridge’s final home will be over Lake Street, where it will be positioned on June 30, 2014.
According to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC), “There will be two more much larger bridges coming that will be Swartz bridges* (these two will be installed over Lloyd Street and Commercial Street). All three bridges will be completely installed, along with handrails, lighting, grading, etc., by the first half of September. The entire historically aligned canals project is on track for substantial completion November 2014.”
*The two larger bridges will have Swartz end posts for rigidity due to size – they will arrive in seven loads (see all bridges in renderings below).