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CANTON - SUNY Canton is updating its bridges with scenic timber-framed covered walkways.

The footbridges spanning the Grasse River and connecting the College to Downtown Canton will be unavailable beginning at 7 a.m. Monday. Pedestrian access to the area will be unavailable during the project. The estimated completion date is Aug. 10, shortly before the start of the fall 2012 semester.

“The new bridges will add to the atmosphere of the walking paths and islands bordering our campus,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve selected a design similar to the pedestrian bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River in Golden, British Columbia (Canada).”

The footbridge replacement project is one of approximately seven ongoing construction undertakings currently underway at SUNY Canton. All projects are slated to make the campus more attractive, more educationally accommodating and more energy efficient.

The college’s footbridges were opened alongside the campus in the late 1960s. They have served as an identifiable landmark specific to the SUNY Canton and inspire fond memories for many alumni.

Murnane Building Contractors, Inc., will be building the bridge, and C&S Engineers, Inc., provided consulting services.

Both companies have worked with the college previously.

Murnane is currently overseeing renovations to Wicks Hall, and C&S is currently involved with exterior renovations of Heritage and Rushton Residence Halls and was involved with the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall and the new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

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