Brockport, NY
Year Completed
New York Power Authority
New York Power Authority
Project Manager
Brandon Freeman
Contract Value
The new Pedestrian Bridge will carry pedestrians traveling between the State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport and the Empire State Trail over Erie Canal. The pedestrian bridge will be a lightweight, painted steel, box girder superstructure with geometric underdeck as its main architectural and visual focal point. The general design scheme by Shop Architects was selected by NYPA and NYSCC during a design competition and engineering was completed by Arup. The bridge is located immediately west of the existing historic guard gate, which still currently operates to isolate and control water levels in the Erie Canal. The bridge includes a steel pier at the center of the Canal, v-pattern timber decking, and lighting system that is intended to operate dusk to dawn. The bridge will connect the existing Empire State Trail on the north of the Canal to the SUNY Brockport campus on the south of the Canal. The bridge is designed for use by pedestrians, cyclists, and people with disabilities, with a refuge in the bridge’s mid-span to allow regatta viewing during the rowing/navigational seasons. To the north of the Canal, the plaza area is expanded to include additional landscaping, lighting, bike racks, and benches. A stormwater pocket pond is also introduced to the northwest corner of the project limit. To the south of the Canal, the plaza area to the east and under the bridge allows flexible space for gathering and events and includes additional landscaping, lighting, convenience outlets, bike racks, and benches. Two bioretention rain gardens are introduced to the east and west limit of the project site to attenuate and discharge stormwater into the Canal. There are lighting systems and security cameras proposed throughout the bridge and plaza areas on the north and south of the Canal. There are two 30-ft poles, one to the north and one to the south of the Canal, and they have a lightning protection terminal attached. There are seven 15-ft poles placed throughout the site on both sides of the Canal for site lighting. The poles also have 180-degree and 360-degree cameras attached to provide surveillance, which will be tied to the SUNY Brockport Chapman Maintenance Building. The project scope includes installation and commissioning of the new security cameras.
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