The following letter was sent to:
Thomas Dee, Pat Burke, Tim Tielman and Geof Szymanski
I circulated my idea to Rep. Brian Higgins and Canal Harbor Development. I am now submitting it to you.
There has been talk for years now about access to the Outer Harbor and the expense involved in building a new bridge or tunnel to make it all possible. I am very confident that I have a very low cost solution to the problem and expense for gaining access. My idea repairing and moving a historic, but out of service, lift bridge construct by the Lackawanna Bridge Company in 1917. I estimate that bridge to be 125 ft long.
The Adams Street vertical lift bridge across the Erie Canal in the City of Lockport has been out of service and in a raised position for several years. I’ve been told that repair cost for the bridge would be roughly $8,000,000 My solution would be to dismantle the bridge as minimally as possible and transport it via barge to South Michigan Ave where it would be repaired and re-installed.
I estimate that the City Canal at South Michigan is roughly 200 ft wide. That would required a narrowing of the canal by 75 ft. I have the feeling that all the work could be done for considerably less than the $65 to $80 million a new bridge over the Buffalo River would cost.
There are a few benefits to my idea.
1. It does not break up and interfere with the Canalside site.
2. It would connect to the new Ohio St. Parkway.
3. The bridge is historic and would fit the historic theme surrounding harbor redevelopment.
4. The City of Lockport should not put up a fight for the bridge because it has a twin, Exchange St. Bridge, only 2 blocks away.
5. There wound be an fight from the New York Canal Authority because it will not spend the money to repair the bridge because to do so
would require it do hire a new bridge tender or force the current tender to travel 2 blocks to operate 2 bridges for canal traffic.
6. The bridge is unique with 2 cars lanes and 2 sidewalks for pedestrian or bicycle traffic.