AVON — On Friday local leaders and the community celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony at the truss bridge on the former Erie and Attica Railway Bridge and Trail Project that now links the village of Avon to the Genesee Valley Greenway Trail.
The truss bridge, which was built in the late 1800’s is an approximate 220 foot span crossing the Genesee River and now enables hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders and snowmobile enthusiasts to reach the Village of Avon off of the Genesee Valley Greenway.
“Avon is such a railroad town that goes back generations,” said Tom Freeman, Avon Village Mayor. “It’s important for future generations to understand that and that’s what this bridge does.”
The project designed by Fisher Associates kept the steel frame of the bridge and the interior is a sturdy new wooden boardwalk made out of pressure treated lumber.
“This is such a tremendous asset,” said Catharine Young, a New York State Senator who grew up in Avon. “This project cost in excess of a million dollars total and its so wise to take your assets and build them into something greater.”
Nearly 50 members of the community were there to enjoy the ceremony as Mayor Freeman specifically thanked Phil Swanson and Christine Quinlan for their handwork and dedication towards the completion of the project.