Salmon Creek Bridge Finally Reopens

July 22, 2022

After two years of construction, the new Salmon Creek Bridge in Lansing has finished.

The grand opening occurred yesterday at 11 AM to commuters in the Town of Lansing.

After bids were put in, the project was awarded to Tioga Construction Company in late 2020. In early 2021, the bridge was fully removed according to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

The original bridge was constructed in 1930 and has since seen a little under 8,000 vehicles on a daily basis as residents commuted in and out of Ithaca and surrounding areas.

After the official opening of the bridge, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a press release that “This bridge has provided vital connectivity for decades, serving the local community and countless visitors who come to enjoy the natural treasures of the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes regions. As we continue to build back stronger from the pandemic, we are doubling down on our efforts to prioritize infrastructure that sustains key connections, supports all modes of travel and enhances safety for everyone.”

The original planned completion date was the end of 2021, however, delays due to manufacturing in the steel work had to push it back.

The width of the new bridge has been expanded. The former bridge stretched 29 feet across while the new bridge measures 40 feet, which allows two new travel lanes and eight-foot shoulders on each side. Bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to use the shoulders.

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Source: NYSDOT