Sleek Span: Ridgeway Bridge Project Wins Industry Honors | Featured Story

RIDGEWAY – A project that replaced an aging bridge over Oak Orchard Creek is receiving kudos from an industry group and beyond.

The Route 104 span was honored as Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association, in the Genesee Valley Chapter’s “Structures Under $5 Million” category.

The project has been recognized for its critical community investment and safety improvements for travellers.

“The Department of Transportation has done an outstanding job replacing the Route 104 bridge in the town of Ridgeway,” said town supervisor Brian Napoli. “The old bridge was at least 45 years old and there were questions about its integrity. When it was demolished, it was obvious that the right decision had been made.

“The new bridge is beautiful,” he continued. “Residents adapted to the inconveniences of the construction period and afterwards we only heard compliments. As a city, we were so pleased with the results that we passed an “appreciation resolution” at the Rochester DOT office. The construction team was so diligent that they worked weekends and started the project early. Thank you for your excellent work.”

The project installed a 125-foot single-span bridge with minimal disruption to travelers, DOT officials said in a news release. The bridge was completed in September, on time and under budget.

Highway 104 is a key lifeline used by local agricultural and manufacturing industries to reach the Rochester area to the east and the community of Niagara to the west.

“Protecting the roads used by families and commercial and emergency vehicles is one of the most important functions of our state government, so I was pleased to see the work done to replace the bridge at Oak Orchard Creek in Orleans County recognized by the American Public Works Association,” Assemblyman Stephen Hawley, R-Batavia, said. “This was a critical project that produced an incredible end result for anyone traveling along Highway 104 between Ridgeway and Gaines. My hats off to everyone involved in both the planning of the project and the work on the ground to make it a reality.

In honoring the project, APWA cited several factors, including:

not Use of good construction management techniques using Governor’s Drivers First initiatives and prioritizing motorist convenience.

not Efforts to engage community members who use Oak Orchard Creek for recreational kayaking and canoeing.

not Beware of the environment and wildlife immediately impacted by the construction and the altered footprint of the bridge.

not Commitment to durability and the use of engineered components that help reduce deterioration and decrease the need for future maintenance.

“The State Route 104 Bridge Project over Oak Orchard Creek in Orleans County should be applauded for its outstanding success and serve as a model for future joint construction efforts between local and state governments. By working together, Orleans County and New York State were able to deliver a completed project that will benefit Orleans County residents and travelers passing through our Western New York area,” said State Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda. “I’m proud that the American Public Works Association has decided to honor this incredible project and give it the recognition it deserves.”

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