TRAFFIC ALERT: Thruway bridge at Exit 43 in Manchester reopens

The New York State Thruway Authority announced that the replacement of the State Route 21 Bridge over the NYS Thruway in Ontario County has been completed, and is re-opened.

The bridge replacement was part of a $17 million safety improvement project in the area of exit 43 (Manchester – Route 21) which also includes the replacement of the exit 43 ramp bridge, culvert repair, and pavement rehabilitation. Construction started in April and on this portion, concluded with the reopening of the bridge.

Originally built in 1952, the State Route 21 Bridge carries approximately 9,000 vehicles per day over the Thruway (I-90) in the Town of Manchester.

The bridge was replaced with a two span, 236-foot long bridge that will have an anticipated lifespan of at least 75 years. The new bridge also features safety improvements, including increased height clearance for vehicular traffic on I-90, wider travel lanes, improved approach pavement and increased shoulder widths along Route 21.