Lowering the road; city has solution for bridge problem

The City of Syracuse plans to lower West Genesee Street underneath a railroad bridge that has been hit by trucks repeatedly over the years.

On Thursday night a truck carrying cattle slammed into the bridge, killing 7 cows on board, and backing up traffic for hours as crews tried to clean up the area.

According to City DPW Commissioner Pete O'Connor the project was already being planned for this summer before Thursday's crash.

Right now the bridge stands at 11 feet 6 inches. When the project is finished it should be 14 feet, so warning signs won't be needed for traffic.

The project will start in June. O'Connor says it will take about 6 months to complete. There will be traffic detours in the area, but exact details have not been worked out yet. The project will be paid for by a combination of federal grants and city money.