As part of the region’s Western Gateway Initiative the City of Rochester, Monroe County, and New York State embarked on a $38 million bridge replacement project involving the heavily travelled Interstate 490/Rochester Innerloop corridor. The City of Rochester wanted a “signature bridge” to define the area’s redevelopment program for this high profile crossing of the Genesee River. To achieve this, a 433 foot steel cable arch bridge was designed to span the river rising 100 feet above the water. The bridge is one of the widest steel three-rib true arch bridges in the world (130 feet). Decorative lighting arrangements were designed to give the bridge added aesthetic appeal.
Monroe County’s new O’Rorke Bridge was designed to be a landmark structure serving Rochester’s waterfront community on Lake Ontario. The four lane double leaf Scherzer rolling-lift bascule bridge spans 243 feet across the Genesee River, replacing the Stutson Street Bridge which served the area for over 70 years. Highway approach structures from east and west total 678 feet.
The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge is a 1-1/2-mile cable suspension bridge spanning the Saint Lawrence Seaway that links the north-central border of New York State with Canada. The bridge is a vital international conduit for the transportation of persons and goods and connects much needed economic development projects for the region on either side of the border. Built in 1960, the Ogdensburg Bridge had recently been categorized as a structurally deficient surface transportation asset. Pursuant to New York State’s adopted Transportation Master Plan for 2030 the bridge was targeted for rehabilitation in order to “achieve a state of good repair” and to ensure the bridge’s longterm viability. The Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority partnered with the New York State Department of Transportation to implement the $48 million rehabilitation project. Work included replacement of all main span bridge decking, structural steel floor beams and stringers, raised concrete safety walks, and bridge railing systems across both approach spans and the main suspension spans.
Rail accounts for 19% of all statewide freight flows in Alabama. The Norfolk Southern Railway is a major U.S. freight railroad company that operates 21,500 route miles of track across 22 eastern states including more than 50% of Alabama’s Class I track.
In tandem with priorities and goals outlined in the Alabama Department of Transportation’s “Alabama Rail Plan”, Norfolk Southern’s modernization and expansion initiatives targeted three vertical lift bridges in Alabama and the Norfolk Southern Lake Pontchartrain Rolling Bascule Bridge in Louisiana, the longest rail bridge in the country at 5.8 miles, for upgrade, rehabilitation, and remote control operation. These four bridges are not only critical to Norfolk Southern’s transportation grid, they are integral to the management of Alabama’s nearly 1500 mile system of navigable inland waterways, part of a network connecting 24 states.