Project : City of Buffalo DPW Bailey Avenue Bridges Replacement

City of Buffalo Department of Public Works -- Buffalo, New York

Replacing two structurally deficient bridges in the City of Buffalo was a necessity due to safety concerns, but also created an opportunity to improve traffic safety, eliminate channel constrictions to reduce flooding, improve the intersection south of the bridges, and make overall improvements to the gateway to South Buffalo.

CHA was the prime consultant for this locally administered, federal-aid project to replace the 80-year-old bridges carrying Bailey Avenue over Cazenovia Creek and the Buffalo River with single-span structures, maximizing their hydraulic openings to alleviate ice jamming and upstream flooding. The project also improved highway geometrics to reduce accidents and reconfigured the Bailey Avenue/McKinley Parkway/Huessy Avenue intersection.

The replacement structures were both designed as single spans to maximize the hydraulic opening. The Cazenovia Creek Bridge is a 171.5-foot rigid frame with tall integral abutments, and the Buffalo River Bridge is a 227.5-foot simple span with a jointless deck. The bridges were built offline to maintain two-way, four-lane traffic throughout construction. The project was completed two months ahead of schedule and $1.35 million below budget.

The design incorporated several aesthetic bridge features: barriers with City of Buffalo customized pendants cast into the pilasters, decorative street lighting, and landscaping. While the bridges were constructed, Erie County progressed a project at the adjacent park. When coupled together, these projects have completely transformed the corridor into an attractive gateway into South Buffalo.

Awards Received:

  • 2019 ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Awards – Silver Award (Structures Category)
Services Provided by CHA:
  • Preliminary through Final Design
  • Construction Inspection
  • Construction Support