The New York State Canal Corporation, a subsidiary of the New York State Thruway Authority is quietly planning to demolish the Adam St Lift Bridge in Lockport, NY, a bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places, before anyone knows what is happening!!!!!
They have very quietly just removed the traffic signals which a canal employee indicates is indicative of plans to demolish the Adam St Lift Bridge, a unique surviving example of a unique and rare design.
Please tell everyone that you know to contact:
State Senator Robert Ortt and tell him you want this historic bridge saved: http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/robert-ortt/contact
Phone: 716-434-0680 Fax: 716-434-3297
Please help us save this historic bridge!!
Both sidewalks are closed.
The traffic signals have been removed.
Even though all of the local residents want the bridge repaired and reopened their voices are falling on deaf ears!!!!
No one is talking any more.
No one is answering questions any more.
It appears that they are quietly planning to demolish this historic bridge!!!
As of May 2011, the Adam St bridge has been shut down to all vehicles due to deterioration of the structure and the lift pits. One sidewalk has also been shut down on the bridge. The bridge now has been left in its raised position and only 1 sidewalk remains open for pedestrian use.
It is unclear what the future of the bridge will be. There has been talk of demolishing it and having all traffic use the Exchange St or Matt Murphy Way bridges. There also has been talk of rehabilitation which would be similar to what was done with the Exchange St bridge back in the early 2000's where the bridge was dismembered, steel members were replaced/repaired as needed and the lift pits were entirely reconstructed.