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After 16 months of?construction, Spencerport's lift bridge will reopen to vehicular traffic Friday evening.

The bridge, which carries?Route 259 (Union Street) over the Erie Canal, closed in July 2019 for repairs.?The rehabilitation is part of a $16.3 million state Department of Transportation project to repair the Fairport and Spencerport canal bridges, both of which were erected in 1914.

Work on the Spencerport's?lift bridge included replacement of the bridge's flooring system, which included the installation of high-strength galvanized steel. The bridge's?mechanical and electrical systems were replaced, which included updates to the lifting mechanisms and control tower.

Because of the?repairs, the bridge is now accessible for all vehicles of legal loads to safely travel over the bridge, according to a news release from the DOT.?The southern approach along Route 259 was also?re-aligned to "enhance safety and improve sight distance for oncoming vehicular traffic," according to a news release for the DOT.?

Although the bridge is reopening to motorists, construction work is not yet finished and will continue. Expect some?short-term delays as crews?test the lifting mechanisms of the bridge.?

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Spencerport?Mayor Gary Penders said he appreciated?the timely work completed on the lift bridge project. While the bridge was closed, he said, the village completed sidewalk replacements near the south side of the bridge without additional disruption.

¡°Monroe County is home to many impressive and historic canal structures that continue to serve our transportation system more than 100 years after they were constructed, which is why it¡¯s so important to keep them safe and reliable," said DOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez.

Work on Fairport's lift bridge continues as the bridge, which closed for repairs in September 2019, is expected to reopen to vehicular traffic in February 2021, a several month delay from its original reopening projection. The delay was?caused by supply chain issues.

The state Canal Corporation is responsible for maintaining and operating the lifting components of canal bridges, while the DOT owns and maintains the bridges and state highways.

Both lift bridges are expected to be fully functional in time for the 2021 canal boating season.

Contact Victoria Freile?at vfreile@gannett.com. Follow her on?Twitter @vfreile?and Instagram @vfreile.?This coverage is only possible with support from our readers.??

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