Genesee Arch Bridge

The new Genesee Arch Bridge spans the 235-foot-deep Genesee River Gorge in New York’s Letchworth State Park and expands freight rail capacity for Norfolk Southern throughout the Southern Tier and Fingers Lakes region. AKRF prepared the Environmental Impact Statement for replacement of the prior 135-year-old Portageville Bridge; developed mitigation plans for historic and natural resources; obtained permits from the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among other regulatory agencies; and prepared a habitat restoration plan. Norfolk Southern partnered on the $58 million project with the New York State Department of Transportation, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, and the Federal Highway Administration.


Steam engine crossing old Portageville Bridge, 1908

Old Portageville Bridge, prior to work

Park trail

Landscape restoration using native plants

Landscape restoration using native plants

In Their Words

“The new Genesee Arch Bridge … represents our shared commitment to support jobs and economic growth that will benefit businesses and communities across New York for generations to come.” – James Squires, Norfolk Southern CEO

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