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Promenade at Erie Harbor Pedestrian Bridge & Multi-Use Trail


City of Rochester, NY

Project Location

Rochester, NY

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Bergmann Location

Rochester, NY
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Bergmann’s design created a unique public place that celebrates — and opens new access to — the natural and historic built environments in downtown Rochester, New York.

The Promenade at Erie Harbor is a $4.5 million project that removed longstanding physical barriers to bolster riverfront activity and appreciation, support downtown revitalization, and unite the people of Rochester with their natural and built environments. Bergmann provided preliminary and final design services, supported construction, and served as the Engineer of Record.

The project features a 250-ft-long hardscaped esplanade fronting the Genesee River, a landscaped pocket park at the southern end, and a 200-ft curved and splayed 3-span pedestrian bridge at the north end linking the esplanade to the historic Court Street Bridge. An innovative public-private partnership delivery mechanism allowed concurrent construction of both the Promenade and “The Nathaniel,” a new apartment building, on the small site as well as direct integration of the two projects.

This created a truly unique waterfront experience on a site that had been inaccessible for more than 70 years, providing residents and trail users with waterfront access, dramatic river views, and education about the surrounding historic structures — ultimately earning recognition from regional chapters of the Association for Bridge Construction and Design and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

“This award demonstrates Bergman’s commitment to quality in a vital City investment,” said Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren following announcement of the ACEC New York recognition. “The Promenade was the first ROC the Riverway project to be completed and now provides a magnificent example of the program’s potential to open Downtown’s riverfront and advance our efforts to create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods, and better educational opportunities.”

“The evolution of this project from initial concept to a powerful marriage of new development and public space has been remarkable,” noted Rochester City Engineer Holly E. Barrett, PE. “It is a true testament to inspired and creative engineering and speaks to the power of public-private partnerships.”

Project Highlights

  • 200-foot, three-span curved pedestrian bridge, waterfront esplanade, pocket park and floodwall.
  • Technically complex urban site requiring extensive community outreach, agency coordination and diverting the mighty Genesee River to enable construction from the dewatered riverbed.
  • Fulfills City’s master plan goals related to waterfront access, economic development and promoting bike/trail usage.
  • Design that evokes and informs users of the rich, multi-modal history of the site and is responsive to several historic properties.
  • Public-private-partnership delivery.

Project Awards

APWA NYS Project of the Year Award — 2020, American Public Works Association, New York State Chapter | Category: Transportation <$5 Million

APWA Genesee Valley Project of the Year Award — 2020, American Public Works Association, Genesee Valley Branch | Category: Transportation <$5 Million

ACEC NY Platinum Award — 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards, American Council of Engineering Companies of New York | Category: Structural Systems

ABCD WNY Bridge of the Year Award — 2020 Association for Bridge Construction and Design Awards, Western New York Chapter | Category: Projects <$2 Million