The Swift Mills Road bridge in the rural Town of Newstead was re-opened Wednesday, following the completion of a nearly $1 million reconstruction of the 90-foot-long span.
The original 85-year-old structure had deteriorated to such a degree that it was unsafe and had been closed in 2012. That created a major inconvenience for the roughly 300 motorists per day who regularly used the bridge that spans Murder Creek, said Newstead Supervisor David Cummings.
"It created a 3-mile detour for most people," Cummings said.
He joined Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Legislator Edward Rath, R-Amherst, on Wednesday for the reopening of the bridge.
The reconstruction project was performed by Concrete Applied Technologies and was begun in July. The original bridge, a thru-girder/floorbeam structure built around 1931, was completely removed and replaced with a new substructure and superstructure. Its replacement is constructed of adjacent, precast, pre-stressed concrete box beams on concrete abutments founded on steel piles.
The project also included the installation of a new guide rail, paving of the bridge approaches and new landscaping.
The project was funded through the federal Transportation Improvement Program.