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Erie Canal Bridge Lyell Avenue (Old)


Erie Canal Bridge


Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2013


BH Photo #291129



In the upstate Western New York in Rochester has once had movable bridges in the early century then these bridge were replaced with fixed bridges but a few lift bridges.


Lost Deck girder bridge over Erie Canal on Route 31 Lyell Avenue
Rochester, Monroe County, New York
No longer exists
Built 1916; replaced 1936
Deck girder bascule
Also called
Knife Bridge
Genesee Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.16470, -77.67619   (decimal degrees)
43°09'53" N, 77°40'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/282446/4782581 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rochester West
Inventory number
BH 62498 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Bascule (1,027)
Built 1916 (645)
Built during 1910s (8,983)
Deck girder (4,781)
Girder (8,565)
Lost (19,809)
Lost 1936 (66)
Lost during 1930s (415)
Monroe County, New York (128)
Movable (2,741)
New York (3,420)
Owned by city (4,689)
Rochester, New York (65)

Update Log 

  • July 2, 2017: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Sequenced Bridge
  • February 2, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 15, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

Related Bridges 



Erie Canal Bridge Lyell Avenue (Old)
Posted July 3, 2017, by Douglas Butler


This is the bridge that was next to the Whipple truss pedestrian bridge, so what's the info saying about the Onondaga County link below ? is this bridge of West Genesee drawbridge identical with the bridge in Monroe County of Rochester or the Lyell Avenue drawbridge is the same bridge next to the Whipple truss bridge?

Erie Canal Bridge
Posted July 2, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

This one I moved from Genesee River to Erie Canal Modern path, and I believe in this section was also original. Parts of Canal moved a few times so Can be Confusing. Again Nice find.

Erie Canal Bridge
Posted July 2, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Dana this location I'm not sure but this bridge was called the Knife bridge on Lyell Avenue in Rochester years ago the internet had a actual picture image posted of Rochester Historic Memory.

Erie Canal Bridge
Posted January 30, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Doug believe this bridge was a mile or so due west over 2cnd Erie Canal not over Genesee River, concur?