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Parkview Bridge in Akron Reopens

Bridge had been closed for more than seven years

Erie County Executive Chris Collins is pleased to announce the Parkview Bridge in Akron Falls Park has been rebuilt and is now reopened to traffic.

The original picturesque bridge was built in 1933. After years of deterioration, it was determined the bridge was no longer safe, and it was closed in May of 2003. Erie County’s Public Works Department, led by Commissioner Jerry Sentz, awarded a contract to Cold Spring Construction Company to build a replica of the historic bridge in May of last year.

 The span is 159 feet long and is used by about 1,600 vehicles per day as well as pedestrians.

 County Executive Collins said, “I’m thrilled the County was able to rebuild this replica of the original Parkview Bridge in Akron. Akron Falls is a beautiful County park, and this bridge reopening will make it easier for taxpayers to access all that this park has to offer."

 "After being closed for over seven years, it's great to see the Parkview Bridge re-opened for the residents of Akron,” said State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer. “Today's Parkview Bridge re-opening marks the restoration of a historic landmark to Akron Falls Park."

 County Legislator Ray Walter said, “The Parkview Bridge reconstruction was one of my top priorities when I came into office. It’s unfortunate that the bridge was closed for as long as it was, but I am very happy that it is now open. This project will benefit the residents of Akron and Newstead and will hopefully encourage Erie County residents to visit Akron Falls Park, one of Western New York’s hidden jewels.”

 "I’d like to commend Cold Spring Construction for exceeding our expectations with this project,” said Erie County’s principal civil engineer, Charles Sickler. “They performed their work quickly, and did an outstanding job recreating this historic bridge.” The bridge replacement project cost approximately $1.7 million, 80-percent of which was paid for with federal dollars.

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