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Southern entrance to Letchworth closed to traffic

CASTILE – The Portageville entrance at the southern end of Letchworth State Park was closed to traffic Thursday as work began to replace the Norfolk Southern High Bridge, which carries railroad traffic over the Genesee River, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation reports.

The entrance is expected to remain barricaded until September 2018. Detour signs have been posted to direct motorists to enter via Denton Corners Road at the southwest corner of the park or use the main entrance at Castile. The historic Glen Iris Inn and the Upper and Middle Falls all are accessible.

The current bridge, built in 1875, has been listed among the state’s major rail bottlenecks. Cost of the new arch structure bridge is $70 million.