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City and county officials, along with contractors, cut the ribbon on the new South Lyon Street Bridge in Batavia, in the same location as a ribbon-cutting in 1957 (photo below).
Photo by Howard Owens.

The new bridge over Tonawanda Creek on South Lyon Street in Batavia looks beautiful, and it feels sturdy, but the thing motorists will like the most, perhaps, is that it accommodates two-way traffic.

"I want to remind people that it is, in fact, two lanes," said County Highway Superintendent

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/no-more-nose-to-nose-cars-on-south-lyon-street-as-new-bridge-opens-to-the-public#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/no-more-nose-to-nose-cars-on-south-lyon-street-as-new-bridge-opens-to-the-public Jun 30, 2023, 8:11pm South Lyon Street Bridge No more nose-to-nose cars on South Lyon Street as new bridge opens to the public Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-center"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="lyons street bridge 2023" class="image-style-large" height="532" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-06/lyons-street-bridge-ribbon-2023.jpg?itok=XF4Ohf5b" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>City and county officials, along with contractors, cut the ribbon on the new South Lyon Street Bridge in Batavia, in the same location as a ribbon-cutting in 1957 (photo below).</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>The new bridge over Tonawanda Creek on South Lyon Street in Batavia looks beautiful, and it feels sturdy, but the thing motorists will like the most, perhaps, is that it accommodates two-way traffic.</p><p>"I want to remind people that it is, in fact, two lanes," said County Highway Superintendent</p>
120 cubic yards of concrete were poured today at South Lyon Street Bridge https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/120-cubic-yards-of-concrete-were-poured-today-at-south-lyon-street-bridge/634776
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Press release:

Progress on the South Lyon Street Bridge is moving at a good pace as today over 120 cubic yards of concrete were poured for the bridge’s new deck. Union Concrete, the contractor on-site, will have to “wet-cure” the new concrete with burlap sacks and sprinklers for the next 14 days. After that is completed, approach slabs can be formed and poured between the roadway and the bridge to keep the project on schedule for completion in June.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/120-cubic-yards-of-concrete-were-poured-today-at-south-lyon-street-bridge/634776#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/120-cubic-yards-of-concrete-were-poured-today-at-south-lyon-street-bridge/634776 May 9, 2023, 9:13pm South Lyon Street Bridge 120 cubic yards of concrete were poured today at South Lyon Street Bridge Howard Owens <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-05/dsc_3996southlyonbridge.jpg?itok=b3bwYmd7" width="800" height="448" alt="South Lyon Street Bridge" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Press release:</p><blockquote><p>Progress on the South Lyon Street Bridge is moving at a good pace as today over 120 cubic yards of concrete were poured for the bridge’s new deck. Union Concrete, the contractor on-site, will have to “wet-cure” the new concrete with burlap sacks and sprinklers for the</p></blockquote>
Photo: Trusses in place for new South Lyon Street Bridge https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photo-trusses-in-place-for-new-south-lyon-street-bridge/631375
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Two trusses are now in place over the Townawanda Creek in Batavia, where the South Lyon Street Bridge is being replaced.

The old steel bridge, an Army surplus span, was set in place in 1982 and was closed in August 2021 because it had become unsafe to cross in a vehicle.

County Legislators had already approved a $3 million bridge replacement project at the time it was closed.  The cost of the new bridge is 80 percent covered by a federal grant with revenue from sales tax covering the remaining 20 percent.

The bridge replacement project began last September and consists of two 11-foot lanes with 2-foot shoulders and a 5-foot sidewalk on the east side of the truss.

Photo by Steve Ognibene.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photo-trusses-in-place-for-new-south-lyon-street-bridge/631375#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photo-trusses-in-place-for-new-south-lyon-street-bridge/631375 Apr 5, 2023, 4:06pm South Lyon Street Bridge Photo: Trusses in place for new South Lyon Street Bridge Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2023-04/20230405_110107.jpg?itok=P6LouXY1" width="460" height="345" alt="20230405_110107.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Two trusses are now in place over the Townawanda Creek in Batavia, where the South Lyon Street Bridge is being replaced.</p> <p>The old steel bridge, an Army surplus span, was set in place in 1982 and was closed in August 2021 because it had become unsafe to cross in a</p>
After winter break, work to resume on South Lyon Street Bridge on March 17 https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/after-winter-break-work-to-resume-on-south-lyon-street-bridge-on-march-17/628457
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Press release:

Work for the South Lyon Street Bridge over the Tonawanda Creek project will resume Friday, March 17, 2023, as the work on the bridge had been paused due to seasonal weather conditions. A small portion of South Main Street in Batavia will be closed to traffic over the upcoming months. The area of closure and detour options for vehicular and pedestrian traffic are identified in the included graphic. Please adhere to pedestrian signage and stay outside of temporary safety barriers.

The bridge replacement project began last September and consists of two 11-foot lanes with 2-foot shoulders and a 5-foot sidewalk on the east side of the truss. The alignment of South Lyon Street will be modified to improve the intersection with South Main Street and approach work includes a seamless transition to the relocated intersection, existing roadway, and sidewalks. 

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/after-winter-break-work-to-resume-on-south-lyon-street-bridge-on-march-17/628457#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/after-winter-break-work-to-resume-on-south-lyon-street-bridge-on-march-17/628457 Mar 14, 2023, 4:15pm South Lyon Street Bridge After winter break, work to resume on South Lyon Street Bridge on March 17 Press Release <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2023-02/s_lyon_st_bridge_2.png?itok=ht5DTktk" width="460" height="259" alt="s_lyon_st_bridge_2.png" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Press release:</p> <blockquote> <p>Work for the South Lyon Street Bridge over the Tonawanda Creek project will resume Friday, March 17, 2023, as the work on the bridge had been paused due to seasonal weather conditions. A small portion of South Main Street in Batavia will be closed to traffic over the</p></blockquote>
South Lyon Street Bridge replacement project work to begin Sept. 26 https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/south-lyon-street-bridge-replacement-project-work-to-begin-sept-26/616919
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Press release:

Work for the replacement of the South Lyon Street Bridge over the Tonawanda Creek will begin Monday, September 26th. The bridge was closed in September of 2021 due to structural deficiencies that warranted a replacement. The existing bridge is a modernized version of a “Bailey Bridge” that was installed nearly forty years ago. A New York State Department of Transportation inspection revealed it did not meet the 3-ton minimum load requirement for vehicles to cross safely.

The project includes a new steel truss bridge that was built to meet current structural standards with increased service life and minimized maintenance costs. The bridge consists of two 11-foot lanes with 2- foot shoulders and a 5-foot sidewalk on the east side of the truss. The alignment of South Lyon Street will be modified to improve the intersection with South Main Street and approach work will include a seamless transition to the relocated intersection, existing roadway, and sidewalks.

A small portion of South Main Street will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, September 26th with detours clearly marked. The area of closure and the multiple options for vehicular and pedestrian traffic to avoid the area are visible in the included graphic. Current plans include closing this area of South Main Street during work in the fall, re-opening it to traffic in the winter, and then closing it back down in the spring to finish the bridge replacement work. 

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/south-lyon-street-bridge-replacement-project-work-to-begin-sept-26/616919#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/south-lyon-street-bridge-replacement-project-work-to-begin-sept-26/616919 Sep 21, 2022, 1:46pm South Lyon Street Bridge South Lyon Street Bridge replacement project work to begin Sept. 26 Press Release <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2022-09/bridge_rendering.jpg?itok=Ojme0uF4" width="460" height="256" alt="bridge_rendering.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Press release:</p> <blockquote> <p>Work for the replacement of the South Lyon Street Bridge over the Tonawanda Creek will begin Monday, September 26th. The bridge was closed in September of 2021 due to structural deficiencies that warranted a replacement. The existing bridge is a modernized version of a “Bailey Bridge” that was</p></blockquote>
County moving forward on South Lyon Street bridge replacement, repair of stonework at 14 West Main https://www.thebatavian.com/mike-pettinella/county-moving-forward-on-south-lyon-street-bridge-replacement-repair-of-stonework-at The Genesee County Legislature’s Public Service Committee this afternoon approved two measures connected to the to design and right-of-way aspects of the mostly federally-funded South Lyon Street Bridge replacement project in the City of Batavia.

The first resolution amends the capital project by $23,000 ($4,500 in local funding) to pay for a supplemental agreement with Fisher Associates of Rochester for additional ROW consultant services, and the second resolution is for the county to purchase two parcels needed to complete the project.

If approved by the GCL’s Ways & Means Committee and, ultimately, the full legislature, the county will pay $4,000 to Aaron Howland and $1,900 to BGW Properties LLC for the land.

The amended project total is $659,933, and is to be funded with 80% federal aid and a 20% match from local 1% sales tax revenue.

In other action, the PSC recommended approval of the following resolutions:

  • Intermunicipal agreements with the Town of Alexander Water District No. 6 and Town of Bergen for improvements that will advance Phase 3 and Phase 2, respectively, of the Countywide Water Project.

The county will reimburse the Town of Alexander an estimated $231,863 per year for 38 years for the town’s installation of a water main and construction of a water storage tank that benefits the countywide system.

Genesee will reimburse the Town of Bergen for $38,000 in cost increases related to a previous agreement for the upgrades of certain water mains constructed by the town in Water Improvement Benefit Area No. 1. The increase brings the total eligible for reimbursement by the county to $85,000.

  • Acceptance of a $50,000 grant secured by Assemblyman Stephen Hawley from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to assist in the restoration of stonework at the Genesee Justice (County Jail) building at 14 West Main St.

County Engineer Tim Hens said the extensive project could cost as much as $1 million. Necessary work includes repairs to the damaged front porch, repointing/resetting of stones on the historic front part and repairs to the built-in gutters, fascia and soffit.

“The last time we tried to bid the project it was nearly $500,000, but I'm guessing it might be closer to a million,” Hens said. “We are having a construction estimate being generated by third-party consultant before trying to bid.  We are also trying to secure additional grants.”

  • Amendment of the Genesee County Airport apron reconstruction project upon receiving word that the Federal Aviation Administration would be increasing its funding and no longer would require state or local aid.

As a result, $75,866 will be returned to the county, with the FAA picking up the entire $1.5 million cost of the project due to an increase in COVID funds dispersed to localities.

The committee also voted in favor of the following capital projects for 2022, to be paid for through the 1 percent sales tax fund: Holland Land Office Museum Restoration Study, $45,000; Courts Facility Boiler, $39,000; Highway Fuel Farm Upgrade, $35,264; Countywide HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) Controls Upgrade, $225,000.

  • Adoption of the Genesee 2050 project that includes updates of the county’s Comprehensive and Recreation plans, a venture that has been partially funded by a $40,000 grant from New York State Empire Development.

The remainder of the $100,000 expense will be covered by a $45,000 cash match from a previously established capital project and a $15,000 in-kind contribution.

County Planning Director Felipe Oltramari said both plans have to be approved in order for the grant to kick in. He said that plans call for continued use of focus groups and input from the general public in the process.

In a related move, the committee authorized the county’s continued support of the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council at the $10,967 annual level.

  • Reappointments of Tim Hens, Timothy Yaeger and Donna Hackett to the Genesee County Traffic Safety Board for three-year terms; Danielle Cummins and Diane Fowler to the Water Resource Agency for two-year terms; Donn Branton to the Agricultural Farmland Protection Board for a three-year term; Richard Richmond II to the Genesee County Planning Board for a two-year term; Michael Ciociola to the Fish & Wildlife Management Board for a two-year term, and Edward DeJaneiro Jr. as an alternate member to the GLOW Region Solid Waste Management Committee.
  • Applications from ACORNS, the Genesee County Park and Forest volunteer organization, for a music in the park event on Aug. 6 and a 5K/10K trail run and walk fundraiser on Oct. 2.

All PSC approvals are subject to passage by the Ways & Means Committee and, ultimately, by the entire Genesee County Legislature.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/mike-pettinella/county-moving-forward-on-south-lyon-street-bridge-replacement-repair-of-stonework-at#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/mike-pettinella/county-moving-forward-on-south-lyon-street-bridge-replacement-repair-of-stonework-at Jan 18, 2022, 5:25pm South Lyon Street Bridge County moving forward on South Lyon Street bridge replacement, repair of stonework at 14 West Main mikepett <p>The Genesee County Legislature’s Public Service Committee this afternoon approved two measures connected to the to design and right-of-way aspects of the mostly federally-funded South Lyon Street Bridge replacement project in the City of Batavia.</p> <p>The first resolution amends the capital project by $23,000 ($4,500 in local funding) to pay</p>
Recent inspection forces closure of South Lyon Street Bridge in Batavia https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/recent-inspection-forces-closure-of-south-lyon-street-bridge-in-batavia/571029 Statement from County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens:

Due to a recent bridge inspection, the South Lyon Street bridge over the Tonawanda Creek in the City of Batavia will be closed to all traffic effective 8/31/2021 until further notice.  The bridge is located between Main St (Rt 5) and South Main Street.

The bridge had been load posted for 5 ton loads for some time, but a very recent inspection has determined that the bridge can no longer handle the minimum allowable loads of 3 tons.  A bridge replacement is under design and it is scheduled to be replaced completely with a new 2-lane structure.  It is expected that the design will be completed in November and that advertising of construction bids can be completed at that time. The new bridge should be open to the public by the end of September 2022.

The County and City of Batavia will be coordinating the posting of a detour once the bridge is closed. Any questions regarding the closure may be directed to Deputy Hwy Supt David Wozniak or Asst County Engineer Laura Wadhams at (585) 344-8508.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/recent-inspection-forces-closure-of-south-lyon-street-bridge-in-batavia/571029#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/recent-inspection-forces-closure-of-south-lyon-street-bridge-in-batavia/571029 Aug 30, 2021, 9:08pm South Lyon Street Bridge Recent inspection forces closure of South Lyon Street Bridge in Batavia Howard Owens <p>Statement from County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens:</p> <blockquote> <p>Due to a recent bridge inspection, the South Lyon Street bridge over the Tonawanda Creek in the City of Batavia will be closed to all traffic effective 8/31/2021 until further notice.&nbsp; The bridge is located between Main St (Rt 5) and South Main</p></blockquote>
New website will serve info to community on South Lyons Bridge project https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/new-website-will-serve-info-to-community-on-south-lyons-bridge-project/563985
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The Genesee County Highway Department has created a website to help the public informed during the reconstruction of the South Lyon Street Bridge.

To visit the website, click here

This is a $3 million project with 80 percent covered by federal grants.

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2022.

Considering the importance of this bridge to the traveling public in our community, a website was created to keep residents and businesses apprised of the project's progress," said Laura Wadhams, assistant county engineer. "Please check the website for updates as the design process continues, and through construction for progress photos."

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/new-website-will-serve-info-to-community-on-south-lyons-bridge-project/563985#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/new-website-will-serve-info-to-community-on-south-lyons-bridge-project/563985 Mar 10, 2021, 3:59pm South Lyon Street Bridge New website will serve info to community on South Lyons Bridge project Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2021-02/vis-elevation-website_orig.jpg?itok=d9nZhDCM" width="460" height="108" alt="vis-elevation-website_orig.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>The Genesee County Highway Department has created a website to help the public informed during the reconstruction of the South Lyon Street Bridge.</p> <p>To visit the website, <a href="https://southlyonstreetbridge.weebly.com">click here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is a $3 million project with 80 percent covered by federal grants.</p> <p>Construction is expected to begin in spring</p>
Aging bridge at South Lyon over the Tonawanda might finally get replaced https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/aging-bridge-at-south-lyon-over-the-tonawanda-might-finally-get-replaced/551464
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After more than a dozen years of effort by county officials, the aging bridge over the Tonawanda Creek at South Lyon Street may finally get replaced, perhaps sooner rather than later.

The project has been approved for a $498,400 federal grant.

Yesterday, the Public Service Committee recommended approval of a resolution authorizing the county to spend an additional $124,600 from the county's 1-percent share of sales tax and beginning the design phase of the project.

Highway Superintendent Tim Hens said under current terms of the grant, administered by the state, construction can't begin until 2023 but the county will push to accelerate the project.

"We are going to design it as quickly as we can and then we're going to press to have it funded in advance of (October 2022)," Hens said. "It depends on what money is available at state level and in the region. If projects get delayed or something comes in under budget, well, there is a possibility there might be money lying around that we could jump on."

Hens said he first submitted the project for Federal funding in 2006. The funds were awarded in 2007 but then the recession of 2008 meant a cut in spending. He resubmitted it in 2011 but Federal authorities determined that as a single-lane bridge, it didn't warrant saving.

"We argued that the traffic counts are higher than you think they are," Hens said. "We had the city, our city, the DPW, help us out on traffic counts. We had the traffic counts of around 2,500 cars a day at the peak."

The bridge is an important link for traffic between the bridges at Oak Street and at River Street, Hens said. 

In 2014, there were more cuts at the Federal level and it was pulled off the docket again. Hens resubmitted the project in 2017 and was denied funding.

The plan is now, with a grant awarded, to start the design phase immediately, because, Hens said, once money is spent on the project it is less likely to suffer another cut in spending.

"It's posted for five tons now," Hens said. "It's been in pretty rough shape. To make it go another three years might be pushing the limits from an engineering standpoint. It might get to the point where the posting drops enough where you can't get a car over it and it's closed."

The current bridge is Army surplus and was set in place in 1982 and a temporary fix for the old bridge it replaced.

The hope is to design a two-lane bridge. That's tough because the abutment of the current bridge is right under the pavement of South Main Street. Hens said the plan is also to design another truss bridge so that the character of the current bridge is maintained.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/aging-bridge-at-south-lyon-over-the-tonawanda-might-finally-get-replaced/551464#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/aging-bridge-at-south-lyon-over-the-tonawanda-might-finally-get-replaced/551464 Feb 19, 2020, 3:26pm South Lyon Street Bridge Aging bridge at South Lyon over the Tonawanda might finally get replaced Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2020-02/img_0362southlyonbridge2020.jpg?itok=l3HV21Eq" width="460" height="250" alt="img_0362southlyonbridge2020.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>After more than a dozen years of effort by county officials, the aging bridge over the Tonawanda Creek at South Lyon Street may finally get replaced, perhaps sooner rather than later.</p> <p>The project has been approved for a $498,400 federal grant.</p> <p>Yesterday, the Public Service Committee recommended approval of a</p>
Legislators approve funding for replacement of Lyon Street Bridge https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/legislators-approve-funding-for-replacement-of-lyon-street-bridge/33174 County legislators OK'd a $1.659 million project to replace the Lyon Street Bridge over the Tonawanda Creek on Wednesday, with a majority of the funding coming from a federal grant.

The resolution passed by the Ways and Means Committee authorizes the county to accept reimbursement for 80 percent of the project, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2015.

The county's share of the project will be $331,800 and be paid for from anticipated sales-tax revenue.

The design phase of the project is expected to cost $95,000. The local share of that expense will be $19,000.

According to New York Bridges Are Falling Down, the steel deck bridge was built in 1910 and is rated at 4.875 (on a scale of 1-7), putting it in the "dangerous" category.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/legislators-approve-funding-for-replacement-of-lyon-street-bridge/33174#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/legislators-approve-funding-for-replacement-of-lyon-street-bridge/33174 Aug 1, 2012, 9:01pm South Lyon Street Bridge Legislators approve funding for replacement of Lyon Street Bridge Howard Owens <p> County legislators OK'd a $1.659 million project to replace the Lyon Street Bridge over the Tonawanda Creek on Wednesday, with a majority of the funding coming from a federal grant.</p> <p> The resolution passed by the Ways and Means Committee authorizes the county to accept reimbursement for 80 percent of the</p>