Ferry Street Lift Bridge opens to traffic after millions in repairs

(The Ferry St. Lift Bridge)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After it was fixed nearly a year ago, the Ferry St. Lift Bridge will finally be coming down.

Buffalo Police announced that the bridge, which was formerly blocking boats until last June, will be open to vehicular traffic starting at 5 p.m. Friday.

The bridge over Black Rock Canal underwent $8.5 million in mechanical and structural repairs as well as receiving a new paint job.

The problems with the Ferry St. Bridge caused two replicas of the Christopher Columbus-era Nina and Pinta ships to be blocked off from entering the Tonawanda region last year. Instead, the ships had to be docked in the Erie Basin Marina.

Before this, the bridge began to cause issues for walkers and bikers trying to get to Bird Island Pier and Broderick Park. They were forced to go from Unity Island Park to enter the Riverwalk.

Officials say all planned changes haven’t yet been carried out, with sidewalk work and minor repairs still underway.

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