The Watkins Glen Gorge Trail Bridge will be renovated

WATKINS GLEN, NY (WETM) – The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced today that the bridge near the Franklin Street entrance to Watkins Glen State Park Gorge Trail will be closed for renovations this season.

A recently completed inspection of the bridge revealed that significant erosion of native stone had compromised the integrity of the bridge abutments and both ends of the 1930s bridge, known as the Sentry Bridge. New York State Parks is currently engineering and designing to repair or replace the bridge.

According to the press release, a temporary bridge will be installed in the coming weeks to ensure access to the gorge for the summer. The temporary bridge will be a 56-foot-wide aluminum truss bridge that will span over the existing stone arch bridge. It should be in place by early summer.

The Gorge Trail is expected to open by Memorial Day weekend, but the NYS Office of Parks says visitors may need to use other entry points until the temporary bridge is installed. New York State Parks advises that visitors will need to use the Upper Entrance or the North or South Rim Trails to access the lower parts of the Gorge Trail. Signage will be put up in the park to guide visitors.

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