LANSING, N.Y. (WENY) - Major construction is now complete on the new bridge at State Route 34B over Salmon Creek in Lansing.

The $18.4 million dollar project replaced the original structure, which was built in 1930, with a modern, steel-framed bridge that enhances safety and improves mobility along a key connector for the flow of people and commerce in the region. 

The new bridge features eight-foot-wide shoulders to provide additional room for disabled vehicles to pull off the road and to better accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists.

"New York remains steadfast in our commitment to modernizing our state's transportation network and giving localities and regional economies the infrastructure they need to stay competitive," Governor Hochul said. "This bridge has provided vital connectivity for decades, serving the local community and countless visitors who come to enjoy the natural treasures of the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes regions. As we continue to build back stronger from the pandemic, we are doubling down on our efforts to prioritize infrastructure that sustains key connections, supports all modes of travel and enhances safety for everyone."

State Route 34B runs along the eastern shores of Cayuga Lake and is an integral part of the popular Cayuga Lake Wine trail.

The roadway links Ithaca to Auburn, running between Cayuga Lake and Owasco Lake in New York's Finger Lakes Region.

The bridge carries almost 7,500 vehicles a day and is located along important bus routes for Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit and the Lansing Central School District, which has schools located just south of the bridge.

Planning to replace the previous bridge began in 2010 and construction continued through the COVID-19 pandemic to finish the project.

The new bridge spans 500 feet, sits 120 feet above the Salmon Creek, and expands the width of the bridge from approximately 29 feet to 40 feet. With an estimated service life of 75 years, it is the longest structure in New York State that utilizes the slanted steel leg support style.