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One of most significant rail problems in New York solved just in time for Memorial day

Staff Writer |
The new $75 million freight rail bridge over the Genesee River gorge at Letchworth State Park, N.Y. is now complete.

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The new bridge will enable the Norfolk Southern Railway to continue safe, cost-competitive, and reliable service across the Finger Lakes Region.

Located in the Town of Portage, Livingston County, and the Town of Genesee Falls, Wyoming County, the bridge supports "Finger Lakes Forward," the region's comprehensive strategy to revitalize communities and grow the economy.

The bridge was identified in the New York State Rail Plan as one of the ten most significant rail bottlenecks in the state.

In 2011, the Regional Economic Development Council's Strategic Plan identified replacement of the bridge among their five-year projects to address barriers to economic growth.

The design and construction of the $75 million bridge project was funded with $59.5 million from Norfolk Southern and $15.5 million from New York State, including a $2 million grant from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and $13.5 million in state and federal funds provided from the New York State Department of Transportation.