A $1.3 million pedestrian and shuttle bridge over Union Street connecting parking lots with the Rochester Public Market was officially opened Thursday.
The bridge—built on an abandoned CSX Corp. railroad trestle constructed more than a century ago—allows visitors to the public market safer and quicker access after parking on the other side of Union Street, officials said.
In addition to serving pedestrians, the new bridge accommodates a market shuttle bringing shoppers and their goods to the parking lots.
“This project furthers our commitment to forge a more pedestrian-friendly city and to further enhance our already outstanding public market,” Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards said in a statement.
“It is also a great example of remaking the relics of our industrial heyday into amenities for today and the future.”
The work includes 1,200 feet of paved pathway, 145 additional parking spaces, decorative gateways, new signage and fencing.
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