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Colonel Patrick O’Rorke Memorial Bridge

O’Rorke Bridge Opens to Traffic

Picture of parade at O'Rorke Bridge opening.Picture of Maggie Brooks addressing crowd gathered at O'Rorke Bridge opening.

October 2, 2004—An estimated 1,500 people attended the official dedication ceremonies of the O’Rorke Bridge in Rochester on a chilly Saturday morning in October 2004. The dedication ceremonies marked the end of one of the largest construction projects in Monroe County history as the new bridge opened and the 87-year-old Stutson Street Bridge was placed out of service.

Speakers at the ceremony included Rochester Mayor William A. Johnson Jr., Irondequoit Town Supervisor David Schantz, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, and more than 35 descendents of Colonel Patrick O’Rorke, the local Civil War hero for which the bridge is named.

Picture of soldiers marching in parade.

“To see this magnificent bridge come to light is certainly breathtaking,” said Ms. Brooks, who led the event. The bridge and related road and other work cost $104 million.

As part of the dedication ceremonies, a bevy of historical military units—including the 140th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment with which O’Rorke served—were in attendance, some in period costumes. Also on hand were many Veteran’s organizations and Irish heritage groups including a Sister City delegation.

Picture of Civil War era cannons celebrating the opening of the O'Rorke Bridge.

The O’Rorke Bridge rises approximately 45 feet over the Genesee River, compared with the 24-foot clearance of the old Stutson Street bridge. The extra height will make opening the bridge a less-frequent task, this improving overall traffic flow in the area. 

Contact Information

O'Rorke Bridge Phone Number: 585-753-7800

Downloadable Brochure

Read the O'Rorke Memorial Bridge project brochure (256k PDF).

Operational Video

Video of O'Rorke lift operation - 1:35 timelapse (April 2012)