Aqueduct Reimagined and Riverfront Promenades

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Project Overview

The centerpiece of Rochester’s ROC the Riverway initiative, the Aqueduct Reimagined and Riverfront Promenades project is a bold plan that will create a central gathering place and establish riverfront trail connectivity on the downtown waterfront. There have been countless ideas for what to do with the Broad Street Bridge and Aqueduct ever since the last subway trains passed through its walls in 1956. Now, the City, with support from New York State, is prepared to make big things happen.

Phase One, beginning in Spring 2022 and continuing through 2023, includes street improvements, relocation of utilities in the aqueduct chase, and the removal of part of the vehicular deck of the Broad Street Bridge. This phase includes a significant amount of public input, which will inform the final plans.

Phase Two will begin in 2024, with the complete removal of the Broad Street vehicular deck, bringing the grade level with the original Erie Canal towpaths and creating an iconic public space. This phase will include completing the connections of the Genesee Riverway Trail along the riverfront through Downtown Rochester. 

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If you have any questions or comments about the Aqueduct Reimagined and Riverfront Promenades project, please contact Kamal L. Crues, P.E., Assistant City Engineer / Project Manager:

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