SHoP Architects appointed designer for New York’s Brockport Loop Pedestrian Bridge

WCN Editorial Team 1 Feb 2021 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

SHoP Architects has been appointed as lead designer for the Brockport Loop Pedestrian Bridge over the Erie Canal in the US state of New York.

The plan for a new pedestrian bridge in the village of Brockport was announced in January last year by New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo.

The bridge is the first large-scale infrastructure project to begin under the state's Reimagine the Canals initiative.

SHoP Architects was appointed by the board of trustees for the New York Power Authority, which owns and operates the New York Canal Corporation as a subsidiary.

Ove Arup & Partners have been selected as the engineer of record for the project.

Governor Cuomo said: "The Erie Canal has been a tremendous resource for New York for more than 200 years and this project will utilize long-standing infrastructure to provide recreational amenities and greater connectivity for the Village of Brockport.

"The Brockport Loop Pedestrian Bridge builds upon the Canal's iconic infrastructure and provides new opportunities for New Yorkers to get outdoors and take advantage of the beauty and countless activities along the Canal and the Empire State Trail. This project is only one aspect of our efforts to Reimagine the Canals - a visionary plan to transform the historic waterway that will help grow tourism, spur economic activity for decades to come."

The new Brockport Loop Pedestrian Bridge will be constructed adjacent to an existing Erie Canal guard gate.

It will connect the SUNY Brockport campus to the Empire State Trail.

A $300m has been committed by the New York Power Authority for the Reimagine the Canals programme.

The bridge project will be funded by NYPA, while a grant of $2m will come from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

Additional funds will be secured to create a new trail along the SUNY campus part of the canal, right from the new pedestrian bridge to the nearby Smith Street bridge.

The construction of the Brockport Loop Pedestrian Bridge will begin in 2023.

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The new Brockport Loop Pedestrian Bridge will be constructed adjacent to an existing Erie Canal guard gate. (Credit: New York State)

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