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DOT makes plans for new Elmwood bridge

Mike Desmond

The state has proposed a new Elmwood Avenue bridge over the Scajaquada that will look more like the historic stone bridges of Delaware Park.

The State Department of Transportation showed off some architectural renderings Wednesday in Buff State's Bulger building.

Regional Structures Engineer Norman Duennebacke  says the current bridge is old and tired and in need of replacement. It's also being designed in tandem with other DOT engineers looking at a replacement for the expressway.

The new bridge will look more like parts of Delaware Park from the beginning of the 20th Century.

"What we really tried to do was pull out some features that were from an older bridge that was at this existing location," Duennebacke said.

"We tried to pull out some lighting features, some stone features, some railing features and bring it into this new bridge and we hope that the public likes it."

Duennebacke says the $8 million project is planned to start later next year and be finished in 2016.

During construction there will be detours and limited traffic lanes.  

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.