BROCKPORT — Brockport will be constructing a pedestrian bridge over the Erie Canal.

Initially announced in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, SHoP Architects was announced as the lead designer for the bridge on Friday.

Constructed adjacent to an existing Erie Canal guard gate, the new Brockport Loop Pedestrian Bridge will connect the SUNY Brockport campus to the Empire State Trail, a multi-use trail envisioned to connect New York City to Canada, and Albany to Buffalo. The trail parallels the Erie Canal and, once built, will join Brockport’s recent installation of a kayak dock and plans for a nearby boathouse by serving as a viewing platform for anticipated rowing competitions on the canal.

Funding for the bridge project will come from NYPA and a $2 million grant by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, which will be administered by the Rochester Area Community Foundation. To complete the Brockport Loop, additional funds will be secured to create a new trail along the SUNY campus side of the Canal leading from the new pedestrian bridge to the nearby Smith Street bridge, which also will see future improvements.

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