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State funding announced for Niagara Gorge trail, Albion bridge

NIAGARA FALLS – The state Department of Transportation intends to spend $1.65 million to revitalize the bicycle and pedestrian trail in the Niagara River Gorge next year, State Sen. Robert G. Ortt announced Monday.

Also included in the DOT’s five-year capital plan is $7.8 million to repair two lift bridges over the Erie Canal in Ortt’s district: near Bank Street in Albion and on Route 19 in Brockport.

Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, said sensors are expected to be installed on weight-restricted lift bridges over the canal to monitor their structural integrity. The bridge work is tentatively scheduled for 2018.

“My district alone has more than 40 lift bridges over the canal, many of which that have been neglected by the state for far too long,” Ortt said.

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