Erie Canal: Second Genesee Aqueduct

Also known as: Broad Street Bridge, The Broad Street Aqueduct and Bridge
Broad St., Rochester, New York

Originally an aqueduct that carried the Erie Canal over the Genesee River


Overview Looking Northwest

The lower level, behind the smaller arches, carried the Erie Canal over the Genesee River until 1919, then later carried a light rail system. The top deck was added to carry traffic on Broad Street.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2020



Street View 


The former aqueduct now serves as a bridge, carrying Broad Street across the Genesee River. The lower level carried the Erie Canal until 1919, then carried the Rochester Industrial and Rapid Transit Railway (more commonly referred to as the Rochester Subway) from 1927 to 1956.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 29, 1976
Reference number
NR name
Erie Canal: Second Genesee Aqueduct
Areas of significance
Commerce; Engineering; Transportation
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Water-related; Water works; Road-related
Current function
Periods of significance
1825-1849; 1925-1949
Significant years
1836; 1842; 1927

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2020: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • July 10, 2020: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description, and added photos
  • July 10, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett