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Bridge transported to Buffalo by boat on the Erie Canal arrives at Baldwinsville

Bridge transported to Buffalo by boat on the Erie Canal arrives at Baldwinsville

Baldwinsville, NY — A pedestrian bridge transported to Buffalo by boat arrived in Baldwinsville tonight.

At 6 a.m. the boat left Sylvan Beach and entered Oneida Lake. It reached Brewerton at Lock 23 at approximately 9:45 a.m.

The tug and barge system that carried the bridge arrived at Baldwinsville Lock 24 at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday.

People gathered on a bridge overlooking the water to see him. One man on the barge waved a Buffalo Bills flag.

The barge will be in Baldwinsville overnight. Crews will return to pick up the bridge for the next leg of the trip around 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The second half of the bridge will also arrive around 8:30 a.m.

People gather to watch a pedestrian bridge being transported to Buffalo by boat in Baldwinsville on July 10, 2024.

The lock is located right in the center of the village. This will be the easiest access point for viewing and the closest place for Syracuse residents to see the bridge, according to the list of observation points.

Carver Companies will deliver the bridge to Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Park. The company is posting updates on arrival times on its Facebook and Instagram pages.

The 266-foot bridge was originally built in Italy, spanning the ocean and up the Hudson River to the Erie Canal. When it is installed this fall, it will provide a new pedestrian entrance to Ralph Wilson Park across I-190 from Fourth Street.

The 81-metre pedestrian bridge was built last year by international company Cimolai at a factory in Italy, an hour north of Venice.

Here are the remaining views to come on the bridge route until July 15:

  • E23 Brewerton Lock
  • E24 Baldwinsville Lock
  • Weedsport Terminal at Devaney’s Riverside Grill
  • Lock E27 Lyon
  • Port of Newark and T. Spencer Knight Park
  • Port of Palmyra
  • Macedon Canal Park Lock 30
  • Fairport Village
  • Bushnell Basin
  • Pittsford from the Main Street Bridge and Schoen Place
  • Greece Canal Park
  • Village of Spencerport
  • Adam’s Basin
  • Village of Brockport, Park at Brockport Visitor Center
  • Holley Canal Park
  • Albion Village
  • Village of Medina
  • Middleport Village from Middleport Canal Park
  • From Lockport to Widewaters Marina to Locks 34 and 35
  • Tonawandas Gateway Harbor Park

You’ll find detailed information on the best locations at these locations for photo ops, parking and more in the full list.

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