Fulton Police are beginning to hand out tickets to people they catch walking across the Broadway bridge.
Contractors began tearing apart the bridge in mid-2012, part of a multi-year project that will rebuild the bridge while keeping half of the bridge open.
A special walkway was built on the northern side of the bridge to allow people to walk from one end to the other, but that walkway is closed for winter.
The state is paying for a shuttle bus to take people from one side to the other, but the bus only operates for half of the day on weekdays, 8 hours on Saturday and not at all on Sunday.
The only option for walkers is a supersized detour to the Oneida St. bridge. It adds more than a mile to what would otherwise be a 5 minute walk.
But Fulton Police Chief Orlo Green said that the issue is safety. There is no sidewalk on the bridge, the makeshift walkway closed, and snow is narrowing the already-narrow driving lanes on which people are walking. “One mistake and they slide out in front of the vehicle,” Green said. “It’s a wonder somebody hasn’t already been hit. It’s a recipe for disaster.”
Police will charge walkers with failure to obey a traffic control device.