According to an article by Irene Szabo in the Finger Lakes Trail News, the days of the iconic railroad bridge over the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park are numbered. The current steel and iron trestle was built in 1875 to replace an all wooden structure that serviced the original Erie Railroad since the 1850’s. Now Norfolk Southern needs an updated bridge that doesn’t require frequent repairs, a 10 mph speed limit, and lightly loaded rail cars.
The plans call for a steel single arch trestle to be built 75 feet further south. They hope to being a 3-year construction project this summer.
Plan now to attend the FLTC Spring weekend on June 1st. It may be your last chance to walk beneath the 138 year old portage bridge.
It explore it on your own this spring pick up a copy of the guidebook “Take Your Bike – Family Rides in the Finger Lakes and Genesee Valley Region” and refer to page 65 for the Genesee Valley Greenway -Portageville to Nunda chapter. Just do it soon. Once construction begins, the trail will be temporarily closed.