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A New Whipple Truss Bridge Enters The Scene

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.”

Bridge under construction @ LMC
Bridge under construction @ LMC

*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).

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Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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