SUNY Canton will celebrate the completion of the newly constructed pedestrian footbridges, which span the Grasse River and connect the campus and downtown Canton, at a ribbon-cutting event at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at the bridge closest to campus behind Smith Residence Hall.
Replacement of the two original footbridges, which were installed in the 1960s, began this June. They have served as an identifiable landmark specific to the SUNY Canton and inspire fond memories for many alumni.
“The beautiful new bridges symbolically and physically connect SUNY Canton with the community,” said Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “It is fitting that we celebrate the completion of one of the most unique and identifiable attributes of our campus.”
The timber-framed design was inspired by the pedestrian bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River in Golden, British Columbia.
The footbridge replacement project is one of approximately seven construction undertakings at SUNY Canton. All projects are slated to make the campus more attractive, more educationally accommodating and more energy efficient.
Murnane Building Contractors, Inc., built the bridges and C&S Engineers, Inc., provided consulting services. Both companies have worked with the College previously. The project was funded through the State University of New York Construction Fund.