Bridge Takes On New Name
|Bridge named for civil rights pioneers.
|by Mike Hedeen
photo by Kurt Mueller
Published Jul 13, 2007
As he officially dedicated the new span of Interstate 490 crossing the Genesee River, Mayor Bob Duffy said renaming the bridge after Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony was a fitting tribute to two of the nation's most prominent civil rights pioneers.
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“Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, these are two figures that are to me the epitome of the history in this city,” the mayor said. “They represent what this city is all about."
With those words, then the official ribbon cutting, the former Troup-Howell Bridge officially became the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge.
Thirty-five workers spent nearly 50 hours each week over four construction seasons working on this bridge totaling 300,000 man hours.
They say it feels as if they are a part of Rochester history, something they can be proud to tell their children and grand children.
"I walked inside of those arches, I torqued bolts, I tested concrete, was on concrete pours, I paved, it was a lot of things that I did and the inspection staff in general did that made this the beautiful structure that it is today,” said construction worker Karla Bisbee-McGill.
With traffic tie-ups and congestion during the construction process, many felt this project would never end.
“But we're glad that it did and it's our legacy, at least it's my legacy to Rochester,” explained Leon Burrow, the project’s traffic foreman who is retiring. “I'm leaving after this job, I won't be working anymore.”
The reconstruction is part of the I-490 Western Gateway project. The next phase is now underway from the Douglass-Anthony Bridge to the Erie Canal.
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Friday that he's
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approved a $3.67
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