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Kendrick Road Bridge Over I-390

Rochester, New York

Market Sector

Bridge, Surface Transportation


Conventional, Roadway Design

Services Provided

Design, Planning



T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) provided the initial planning services and design and for the Kendrick Road Bridge over I-390 project in Rochester, New York. Overseen by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), the project involved the widening, repair, and rehabilitation of the Kendrick Road Bridge over I-390 and the Erie Canal, and included the construction of a new access ramp to northbound I-390 from the bridge.

The existing bridge was a 406-foot-long, two-span continuous structure with five steel plate girders and a composite concrete deck. The longest span stretches 216 feet. The project widened the bridge from 46 feet to 72 feet. The new 370-foot-long, single-lane entrance ramp, Ramp EH, runs parallel and is located between the Erie Canal and I-390.

TYLI was instrumental in working with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) to highlight the need for the bridge rehabilitation and garner the support of local contractors, community leaders, and politicians to advance this project within NYSDOT. NYSDOT’s first design-build project in Western New York, the modernized Kendrick Road Bridge significantly improves access to the University of Rochester/UR Medicine, Rochester’s largest employer.

Project Highlights:

  • TYLI’s approach recommended modifying the ramp bridge spans that were included in the concept plans to decrease the tie-in span length. The advantages of this innovation included: reduced load on the widened bridge tie-in girder; reduced stress and strain on the entire tie-in connection and outer span system; and shorter and lighter tie-in steel members, which accelerated and simplified one of the more complex portions of the ramp and bridge construction.
  • New steel girders were added onto the bridge to widen the existing structure in order to provide a new turning lane in each direction onto Ramp EH.
  • TYLI proposed the use of multi-rotational bearings to provide a jointless deck for the Ramp EH bridge and the use armorless bridge joints to limit future maintenance.
  • The project incorporated enhanced lighting on the Kendrick Road Bridge, along with decorative railings and interpretive signage for the Erie Canal.
Honorable Mention Award, 2015
Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)