Governor Hochul Announces Completion of $18.4 Million State Route 34B Bridge Replacement in Tompkins County

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of major construction on the new bridge carrying State Route 34B over Salmon Creek in the Town of Lansing, Tompkins County. The $18.4 million project replaced the original structure, which was built in 1930, with a modern steel-framed bridge that improves safety and improves mobility along a key link for the movement of people and trade in the region. The new bridge features eight-foot-wide shoulders to provide more space for disabled vehicles to exit the road and to better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.

“New York remains true to its commitment to modernizing our state’s transportation system and providing communities and regional economies with the infrastructure they need to stay competitive,” Governor Hochul said. “This bridge has provided vital connectivity for decades, serving the local community and countless visitors who come to enjoy the natural treasures of the southern and Finger Lakes regions. As we continue to build back stronger after the pandemic, we are doubling down on our efforts to prioritize infrastructure that supports key connections, supports all modes of travel and improves safety for all.”

“Replacing our outdated bridge infrastructure is essential to ensure the safety and mobility of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists,” said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. “The new steel frame bridge over Salmon Creek in the Town of Lansing will ensure the continued growth and vitality of this area.”

State Route 34B runs along the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake and is an integral part of the famous Cayuga Lake Wine Route. The road connects the city of Ithaca to the city of Auburn, between Lake Cayuga and Lake Owasco in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The bridge carries nearly 7,500 vehicles per day and is located along major bus routes for Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit and the Lansing Central School District, whose schools are located just south of the bridge.

Planning for the replacement of the previous bridge began in 2010 and construction continued during the COVID-19 pandemic to bring this project to the finish line. The new structure is made of weather resistant steel and replaces the old steel open spandrel arch bridge which was originally built in 1930. A sloped steel foot design was used in an effort to retain some of the unique features of the previous structure, which featured a shaped support arch for the bridge.

The new bridge spans 500 feet, sits 120 feet above Salmon Creek, and extends the width of the bridge from approximately 29 feet to 40 feet. With an estimated lifespan of 75 years, it is the longest running structure in New York State that uses the angled steel leg support style.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said: “The new bridge over Salmon Creek is another testament to Governor Hochul’s commitment to continuing to modernize New York’s infrastructure and embodies the extraordinary resilience of New Yorkers. We started this project the same year COVID arrived in New York State, but we haven’t stopped working. Our team overcame supply chain issues, maintained an open line of communication with the local community to ensure the project would meet their needs, and most importantly, did everything necessary to ensure worker safety. Thanks to our dedicated team at NYSDOT, and everyone involved in building this project, we can deliver the community of Lansing and Tompkins County, a bridge that reflects New York’s resilience in the face of a unique challenge. while providing long-lasting connectivity and increased security for all users.”

State Senator Pam Helming said: “My priority has always been to advocate for state funding to keep roads and bridges safe in our communities. These investments are essential to the safety of travelers and to the economic vitality of the region. Thanks to Commissioner Dominguez and the New York State Department of Transportation, Lansing City Supervisor Ed LaVigne, and hardworking city crews and employees, Tompkins County, and everyone who supported this project.”

Assembly Member Anna Kelles said: “I am thrilled to see the completion of the State Route 34B Bridge over Salmon Creek in the City of Lansing. This critical infrastructure project is a significant investment in our community, ensuring safety and better travel convenience for residents and visitors. I am especially pleased that the new bridge features 8-foot-wide shoulders to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. By supporting sustainable transportation and connectivity in our region, we will increase access to recreation outdoors and support local tourism.

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South Level Soaring Acceleration

Today’s announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring,” the region’s comprehensive plan to generate robust economic growth and community development. The plan designed at the regional level aims to attract a talented workforce, develop activities and stimulate innovation. Today, the region is accelerating the rise of the Southern Tier with a $500 million investment from the state through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. The $500 million investment from the state will encourage private companies to invest.

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