Union Street Railroad Bridge Improvement Project

Improving your experience at the Rochester Public Market!


The Union Street Railroad Bridge Improvement Project opened in June of 2012 (Grand Opening Photos). The project expanded parking and access to the Rochester Public Market by rehabilitated an abandoned railroad bridge over North Union Street, adjacent to the market. The project transformed the old, unused railroad bridge into a paved pedestrian, bicycle, and Market circulator trolley pathway that links the Public Market to the parking lots to the west. The new linkage makes it easier and safer for pedestrians to get from the market to the parking areas and eliminated the need to cross at the busy intersections.  

In addition to easing the pedestrian crossing, the project also added parking by creating a lot between the Trinidad Street lot and Scio Street. The new lot features 145 spaces and is easily accessible from Scio Street or from North Union Street, making the market even more convenient to access.

With the conversion of the rail bridge, the addition of more parking, and the ability to take the circulator trolley from your car to the market and back, visitors will be able to happily stock up at the Market all year long! 

Additional project features included:    
  • Market circulator trolley stops            
  • Scio Street Entrance 
  • Bike Shelter 
  • Decorative Gateways 
  • Perimeter Fencing 
  • Signage 
  • Lighting under the bridge 
  • Decorative railing 
  • Painted bridge exterior   

Community Participation 

A public information meeting was held on April 25, 2011. 

The project was a direct result of the Market View Heights North Union Street Corridor Mini-Charrette, held on October 2, 2007.  


Download the project plans

Project Team   

Design Management: City of Rochester
Design Consultant: Stantec Consulting Services
Architectural Consultant: Barkstrom and LaCroix
Construction Management: City of Rochester
Construction Contractor: Ramsey Constructors
Key Stakeholders: Friends of the Public Market

The Union Street Railroad Bridge The abandoned Union Street Railroad Bridge prior to rehabilitation.


If you have questions about the project's design, contact, Mr. Thomas Hack, P.E. at (585) 428-6852, or email him.