And here's the happy recap...
Seven people attended the Rochester, NY Road Meet yesterday (Doug Kerr, Chris Jordan, John Krakoff, Jon Deane, Mike Tantillo, H.B. Elkins and A.J. Bertin). After a tasty lunch at the Henrietta location of the Distillery restaurant, we started on a tour of the Rochester area on what turned out to be an overcast afternoon.
First, we drove down Jefferson Road (NY 252) and caught a glimpse of some of the construction going on there. This project is just a widening from 2 lanes to 3 lanes in each direction. We then headed north on East Henrietta Road (NY 15A), passed by some erroneous US 15 signs at NY 15's northern terminus, and then took NY 15 into downtown.
We then stopped at a park along the Genesee River and saw the signature bridge known as the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Bridge that was built a few years ago to carry I-490 over the Genesee River. This was part of the Rochester 2010 project to reconstruct I-490 between I-390 and downtown Rochester. After checking out the bridge, and discussing a few of the other bridges over the Genesee River, we drove through downtown Rochester and to the Inner Loop.
We drove around the Inner Loop, which is a nifty little freeway (or what we'd call in expressway in New York State) that circles around downtown Rochester. There is currently some talk about turning the Inner Loop, or at least part of the Inner Loop, into an at-grade boulevard. After driving the Inner Loop, we headed west on I-490 to NY 204 to check out the partially completed Airport Expressway in Gates.
The Airport Expressway was supposed to connect I-490 in Gates with I-390 and the Greater Rochester International Airport. However, it was only built between I-490 and NY 33A, making for what seems to be a very long exit ramp. After taking in the Airport Expressway, we drove east on NY 33A to I-390 and then drove along I-390, NY 390 and the Lake Ontario State Parkway, to make a stop to take a look at the Hojack Swing Bridge and the O'Rorke Bridge over the Genesee River at Charlotte. Attendees of the 2004 Rochester meet may remember that the O'Rorke Bridge was nearing completion during the meet.
We then drove east along the shores of Lake Ontario to the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge and checked out the bridge as well as the finished product of the reconstruction of the northern section of NY 590 into the roundabout-filled Sea Breeze Boulevard. NY 590 was truncated to Titus Avenue in Irondequoit as part of the project.
To wrap up the tour, we stopped at the site the former northeastern ramp of the interchange between NY 404 and NY 590 in Irondequoit. This ramp was closed during an interchange reconfiguration many years ago, but you can still see the grading of the former ramps, and grass has grown where the ramp once was location. However, as we were checking out the ramp, one enterprising driver decided to make use of this grass ramp and drive along the grass to his nearby home. We then continued south along NY 590 through the Can of Worms Interchange to I-590, and then to Winton Road, passing through the future site of a diverging diamond interchange, and went back to the restaurant.
We then said our goodbyes and continued on to our destinations for the evening.
More information and pictures of the Inner Loop can be found at: http://www.empirestateroads.com/photos/monroe/innerloop.html
More information and pictures of the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge can be found at http://www.empirestateroads.com/photos/monroe/3.html
More information and pictures of the NY 404/NY 590 ramp can be found at http://www.empirestateroads.com/photos/monroe/4.html
More information and pictures of the Can of Worms Interchange can be found at http://www.empirestateroads.com/week/week1.html