Clinton Avenue Pedestrian Access Bridge

During the preliminary design phase for this project, community members voiced several concerns. Their number one concern was for pedestrian safety. Through a tremendous amount of community involvement and consideration of their needs and concerns, this project began and ended with public satisfaction.

Another concern was that the existing pedestrian walkway, beneath the Clinton Avenue Bridge, was not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After evaluation of alternatives and various meetings with the public, which included representatives from the American Council for the Blind and Regional Center for Independent Living, it was determined that an elevated walkway would best meet the needs of all pedestrians.

Extensive geometric constraints had to be addressed during the design of this project and the bridge grade needed to meet ADA requirements. The clearance required over the various roadways and the limited locations for bridge substructure elements produced a very complex geometry for the new bridge. These constraints produced a five-span bridge on a curved alignment. The bridge has an overall length of 346 feet with spans of 74, 79, 72, 65, and 54 feet. Two radii define the horizontal curvature of the bridge. The first two spans and a portion of the third span have a radius of 246 feet. The remainder of the third span and the fourth and fifth spans are on a radius of 98 feet.

Project Details


Rochester, NY


New York State Department of Transportation, Region 4

Project Contact

William McCormick, PE
  • William McCormick, PE
  • 585-427-8888 x 1080
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