FULTON, NY – The traffic pattern has once again changed in Fulton as the first phase of the Broadway bridge project was completed and a new batch of construction began.
“Construction on the north side is on schedule,” Gene Cilento of NYS DOT told Oswego County Today. “Nightly work is being done to replace steel. The process then follows what happened during the first phase – deck pan installation, the reinforcing steel bars get placed and then the deck is poured and cured. At the moment, it looks as if the project will go over another winter with completion in early/mid 2014 – June or July.”
As the bridge is part of Route 3, it’s owned by the state and the city doesn’t have anything to do with the construction.
After the north end of the bridge is complete, construction moves into phase 3 which will add permanent sidewalks to the bridge.
“The sidewalk there now on the south side will be used during the second construction phase currently under way,” said Cilento. “Once the remaining part of the deck is built, the temporary sidewalk will be removed and the permanent sidewalks, on both sides of the bridge, will be installed in Phase 3, next year.”
State DOT currently doesn’t have plans to add to or change the temporary sidewalk in light of last week’s event where a woman jumped from the bridge. The woman climbed out of the Oswego River on her own and was unharmed.
However, the state is open to a discussion about the bridge’s safety with Fulton Police.
“I have had no concerns expressed to me by the public about the safety of the bridge or sidewalk up to this point,” said Traffic Lieutenant Jason Delano of Fulton PD.
In regards to last week’s incident, Delano added, “As far as I can tell, the sidewalk itself had nothing to do with that decision or allowed for an easier opportunity to do that.”