New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas recently announced that the bridge carrying Marsh Road — County Road 38 — over the Erie Canal and Erie Canal Heritage Trail in the hamlet of Bushnell’s Basin, in the town of Perinton, Monroe County, is open to traffic after eight months of construction.
“Rehabilitating our historic Erie Canal bridges is a critical component in ensuring the success of the local economy in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region,” said Karas. “Investing in our aging infrastructure is only going to help move the Finger Lakes Forward and contribute to further economic growth.”
The bridge was previously posted with an eight-ton weight limit, preventing emergency vehicles from nearby Bushnell’s Basin Fire Department from crossing it. Following the repairs, the bridge is now able to accommodate all legal loads.
Additionally, the northern and southern approaches to the one-lane truss were re-aligned to improve visibility for motorists waiting on either end of the bridge.
The Marsh Road Bridge over the Erie Canal is used by more than 3,000 vehicles per day, primarily serving the residents north of the canal and the businesses within Bushnell’s Basin, connecting to nearby communities in Perinton, Pittsford and Victor. The rehabilitation of the bridge is estimated to have extended its service life for another 20 years.
While the bridge is open to traffic, occasional flagging operations may be necessary over the next few weeks to safely complete the overall project. Flaggers directing traffic should be obeyed at all times.
Recently, NYSDOT and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee unveiled a new public service announcement and social media campaign focused on the importance of respecting flagging personnel. This year’s work zone safety campaign, “Flaggers have families too,” is designed to remind motorists that flagging personnel are not attempting to disrupt traffic — they are simply doing their jobs to keep roads safe for travelers.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
For real-time travel information, Motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or the mobile site at m.511ny.org, New York State’s official traffic and travel information source.