Eventually the eastern approach was upgraded as the Inner Loop was constructed and the eastern I-490 completed provided access from the New York State Thruway connection in Victor.
From 1971-1973, the bridge was widened to carry 8 lanes and be reconfigured as a limited access expressway, complete the Inner Loop and provide a western I490 connection to the New York State Thruway in LeRoy. During construction, the roadway was closed to traffic for two years. The pedestrian sidewalk, originally built in 1955, was removed.
The original bridge crossed a jumble of service roads, rail yards and even the old subway bed. Part of the bridge actually formed the roof of a railroad shed. By the late 70’s most of the lands under the bridge were cleared as the railroads shutdown. River access was limited.
From 2004-2007, the bridge was replaced with a three rib, steel true arch bridge. The design included much input from a community-based Aesthetics Committee. The Committee suggested several of the design details that would add visual interest to the arch span. Ideas included the arrangement of the cross braces to create a clean open look, modifications to the arch ribs to appear trapezoidal in shape the fanned arrangement of the cables rather than vertical, shaped floor beams with bull noses and the color scheme of the bridge. River trail access was restored and enhanced. The bridge remained open to traffic while it was replaced. It was constructed in three stages to minimize travel impacts starting from the bottom up. The foundations were built the first year underneath and next to the existing bridge. The second year, one half of the bridge demolished and replaced while the other half carried four lanes of traffic. The majestic arches were constructed over the top of the existing bridge. The third year, the opposite half was replaced followed by construction of the floor system. The bridge opened to traffic in June 2007.
On July 13, 2007, the bridge was renamed the Frederick Douglass Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge at a community celebration at the site of the new bridge. The Bridge has become an iconic structure for Rochester, N.Y. appearing in many local advertisements, logos for many organizations and companies and highlighted as the postcard view of the City. Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman and spent much of his life in Rochester. Susan B. Anthony dedicated her life to woman's suffrage and helped to secure a woman's right to vote, unfortunately after she had passed away. She spent her entire adult life in Rochester. Both Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, who were good friends, are buried in Rochester.