Lake Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge

Bridging Communities

LaBella was selected to provide engineering services for the rehabilitation of the Lake Street Bridge over the Chemung River, a locally administered federal aid (LAFA) project. Public involvement was a critical component of the project due its importance in the community.

This 550-foot long, seven-span bridge was formerly a vehicular bridge with traditional sidewalks. The bridge was closed for many years due to its deteriorated condition until Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding became available to transform the existing bridge into a destination for pedestrians and bicyclists.

LaBella completed a detailed inspection which identified bridge elements that were in poor condition. Additionally, a detailed structural analysis and load rating was completed to determine if landscape amenities (dead load) could be added to the structure.

Rehabilitation work included the removal of sidewalks, a new bridge deck overlay, steel repairs, joint replacement, structural steel painting, the design of a new ornamental pedestrian railing, approach reconstruction, and landscape amenities throughout the project site.

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An Award-Winning Project

Lake Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Wins Statewide APWA NY Chapter Project of the Year Award

In March 2024, LaBella and the City of Elmira were honored to have the Lake Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge project win a statewide Public Works Project of the Year Award in the Transportation (<$5 Million) category from the New York Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA).

The APWA’s Public Works Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management, administration, and implementation of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor who work together to complete public works projects.