Two new bridges on Bailey Avenue over the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek are slated to open at 6 p.m. Monday, according to Rep. Brian Higgins.
A pair of 88-year-old bridges, located between Elk Street and McKinley Parkway, were replaced in the $22 million project, $15 million of it in federal funding Higgins, D-Buffalo, helped secure. Construction began in July 2016.
"This is the largest infrastructure project currently going on in the City of Buffalo," Higgins said. "It's a great project that provides for a safe, new efficient bridge and also a huge expansion of park space."
The project includes a new sidewalks, granite curbs, water and sewer work and decorative landscaping, including the planting of 144 new trees, 203 new shrubs and 18 new LED lighting fixtures.
The development of a new county park and restoration work at Mungovan Park, adjacent to Soutjside Elementary School, are also part of the project. Part of the road needed for the old bridges will be turned into greenspace.
Thousands of motorists cross the bridges on a daily basis, as the route provides access into and out of South Buffalo as well as being a thoroughfare for the Southtowns when Route 5 is closed.
The old Bailey Bridges will be taken down in 2018.
"These bridges were 88 years old, and I think it just underscores the importance of federal infrastructure spending," said Higgins, who has introduced legislation aimed at providing $1.2 trillion in federal funding to rebuild railroads, bridges, highways and other infrastructure.