Updated: April 20, 2022 07:17 AM
Created: April 20, 2022 07:14 AM
ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) — Let's answer a good question about a problem that just won't go away.
Time and time again, there are issues with the O'Rorke Bridge, the main traffic artery for drivers passing from Charlotte to Irondequoit and vice versa.
If they keep having issues with it, what's the fix?
Stan is one driver who reached out:
That is a very good question. One that doesn't have a completely clear answer at the moment. I'll explain in just a second. But first, a little bit of background.
Yes, the bridge is under repair now. The state Department of Transportation manages the draw bridge and has one lane blocked off. It's been that way for a few weeks problems with the gates after a wind storm.
We've done many stories in years past with similar, even complete shutdowns due to wind damage or electrical problems.
Look, we get it. You can't account for everything that might pop up, like a maintenance issue.
But what about weather? We know wind has been and will be a problem going forward for the gates. Is there a better, permanent solution?I asked the state DOT. I'm told:
That's a similar response we've gotten before. The DOT has even looked around at other draw bridges statewide to see what's done in other places to perhaps bring that fix here.
We're just obviously not there yet, meaning delays and frustrations will continue for some 17,000 drivers in cars and trucks that pass over the bridge each day.
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