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Fairport businesses react to lift bridge delay

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: October 16, 2020 11:14 PM
Created: October 16, 2020 10:44 PM

FAIRPORT, N.Y. (WHEC) — More bad news for the Village of Fairport.

Late Friday afternoon, State DOT announced there is a delay in the re-opening of the Main Street Lift Bridge. It's been closed for more than a year.

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News10NBC talked to a couple of business owners to find out how this will affect them moving forward.   

The original re-opening date as of late last week was scheduled for Nov. 7. Now it's been pushed back until February 2021.

It's the type of news business owners along Main Street in Fairport were not expecting. The lift bridge over the canal in the village will not re-open as scheduled next month.

John Pierri, owner of The Landing Bar and Grill, which is right next to the bridge, had no idea of the latest delay announcement.

"We get little or no information from the State of New York regarding this, and I don't even know if the village puts out any information of where we are [or] what's happening to the best of my knowledge," says Pierri.

State DOT released a statement saying that this delay is due to "supply chain issues." Pierri says business dropped immediately when work on the bridge started over a year ago. 

"It's going to be another hard season for us, because last year we didn't have any holiday traffic, and now this is going to be the second year in a row, and now it's gonna cause hardships," says Pierri. He went on to say, "If things don't change pretty soon, I'm going to be affected tremendously."

News10NBC's Patrick Moussignac asking: "To the point where you might have to shut down, or?" 

Pierri answering: "Absolutely."

Things are not so bad for other businesses located further away from the bridge. Places like Iron Smoke Distillery continue to see steady foot traffic according to owner Tommy Brunett.

"There's a bridge down the street. There's other bridges. You can go underneath the railroad tracks over here. So people are just finding their way to us," says Brunett.

Even with COVID-19 restrictions, Brunett says he's making things work.

"It doesn't seem like it affected us as much as people I can see that it could affect somebody that's closer to the bridge where they depend on that foot traffic coming over the bridge," says Brunett.

There's no word yet on what exactly "supply chain issues" means. News10NBC will continue to follow this story, and get that answer for you.


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