New York State's Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) completed an $8.5 million project to install an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) along a four mile section of Interstate 390 near Rochester, New York. I-390 is a busy arterial route serving the area. ITS is a national program aimed at using advanced information technologies to improve transportation efficiency and safety. NYSDOT will use the system to monitor traffic conditions and issue timely information to motorists regarding accidents, congestion, and work zones.
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.
“Run a Red Light? Expect a Photo Finish.” That was the title of a campaign launched by the City of Rochester in advance of installing red light enforcement cameras across 50 intersections. The initiative was implemented to help decrease the number of red light running accidents as well as generate additional revenue for the City. The program required State Senate legislative approval along with the Governor’s signature to be adopted. Rochester was the first municipality in Upstate New York to implement such a program. The City partnered with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., an industry leader with 20 years experience building, operating, and managing digital red light and speed enforcement systems. Redflex holds contracts with over 250 cities across the U.S. as well as numerous statewide programs.
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.