Last week, a new, steel frame pedestrian bridge was installed on the Keuka Outlet Trail in the Village of Penn Yan. Downstream from the dam and the Main Street Bridge, the new clear-span bridge replaces the former wooden railroad trestle that was converted for use as a footbridge when the trail was established in the 1980s.
That bridge, with its many heavy timber legs saturated in creosote, was removed earlier this year, returning the Keuka Outlet to a more natural flow and providing a safer, more useful walking and riding trail.
Built off site, the bridge was trucked here in two pieces and installed by use of a large crane between two new concrete abutments. Penn Yan Mayor Leigh MacKerchar says there is still some transition work to be done where the trail meets the bridge, but it should be completed by the Dept. of Public Works very soon. A second bridge between the Main and Liberty Street bridges has been delayed by the gashouse cleanup project which was recently restarted.
MacKerchar expects that bridge to be installed next spring.
Both bridges are funded by a $651,000 New York State Dept. of Transportation grant the village received in 2014. MacKerchar says this is a 75 percent state-funded project, with 25 percent born by the village.