East Brighton Avenue over NYS&W Railway-Bridge Rehabilitation Project

About the Project

The City of Syracuse Department of Engineering is seeking public input regarding the proposed rehabilitation of the East Brighton Ave Bridge over the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway. Located just north of the southern end of I-481, the existing bridge was originally constructed in 1984. The bridge’s concrete deck and underlying concrete beams are beginning to experience some excessive deterioration and both the City of Syracuse and the New York State Department of Transportation agree that a full deck replacement is warranted. The project is currently in its preliminary design phase, which is typically the time that a public meeting would be held to obtain the public’s comments and to answer questions concerning the proposed work. However, due to complications and restrictions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City is providing this website, as a means for citizens to obtain information about the project and to submit comments, concerns, and questions regarding the proposed work

View the project location map here

The replacement bridge deck will retain the standard width sidewalk on the west side. On the east side, the rarely used and substandard width sidewalk is proposed to be eliminated, providing a wider roadway shoulder and a benefit to bicyclists crossing the structure. Other miscellaneous work that is typical of a bridge rehabilitation project of this type includes: reconstruction of the top surfaces of concrete abutments and wingwalls; repair of concrete deterioration in the vertical surfaces of the abutments and wingwalls; reconstruction of the concrete and asphalt roadway sections that lead up to the bridge at each end; and replacement of the guide railing at all four corners of the bridge. Including the approach roadway work, the total length of the project will be approximately 282’.

View the preliminary drawings here

East Brighton Avenue Bridge—Looking South

Underside of East Brighton Avenue Bridge—Looking West

Pedestrian and Bicycle Access

Pedestrian and bicycle access will be accommodated on the new deck by retaining the standard sidewalk on the west side. On the east side, the rarely used and substandard width sidewalk is proposed to be eliminated, providing more deck width; allowing for a shared used travel  lane in either direction to accommodate cyclists. Since the bridge deck will be reconstructed in two stages, it will be necessary during the construction period to provide temporary crosswalks allowing users of the west side sidewalk to gain access to the east side of the roadway where a temporary pedestrian path, protected by concrete barrier, will be provided on the bridge.

Work Zone Traffic Control

Vehicular traffic will be maintained for the duration of the project using staged construction, however, some construction operations will require a closure of the bridge. These closures are expected to be of short durations (24 hrs) and will be scheduled to cause minimal disruption to the public. In general, the four existing travel lanes will be reduced to a one-lane each-way condition, with the two travel lanes shifted to the east and west sides of the bridge as necessary for the staged construction. For the bridge closures, necessary for key structural operations related to the bridge beams, traffic will be detoured around the bridge via West Seneca Turnpike and South Salina Street. A map of the proposed detour can be found at the link below. Access to the private driveway entrances on the east side of the roadway, north of the bridge, will be maintained at all times.

View the map of the proposed detour route here


Anticipated Costs

The total project cost, including design engineering and construction inspection/administration, is anticipated to be approximately $3.6 million.

Key Project Dates:

Design Approval: November 2020

Begin Construction: April 2021

Complete Construction: October 2021


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