Fulton Officials Accept Aid for Bridge Repair, Pay Railroad Company

The N. Sixth St. bridge over CSX Railway.

FULTON, NY – Fulton officials discussed increased federal aid for two city bridge repair projects during regular business at Tuesday’s (April 5) council meeting.

The N. Sixth St. bridge over CSX Railway.
The North Sixth St. bridge over CSX Railway.

The council unanimously authorized and approved increased funding for rehabilitation projects for both the North Sixth Street bridge over CSX railway and the Oneida Street bridge over the Oswego River.

The North Sixth Street bridge has received $75,000 worth of federal aid where as the Oneida Street bridge has received $70,000 worth of federal aid.

However, because the North Sixth Street bridge is constructed over CSX railroad tracks, the city has been forced to pay CSX Transportation Inc. $145,570 as a construction agreement to do rehab to the bridge.

“I think it’s excessive, but it’s not something we can get out of,” said Mayor, Ronald Woodward Sr.

The city is responsible to pay all of the non-federal shares of the cost for each project which equals 20% of the project’s overall cost.

The CSX Railway that crosses under the N. Sixth St. bridge. Fulton is forced to pay the railroad company to complete construction on the bridge.
The CSX Railway that crosses under the North Sixth Street bridge. Fulton is forced to pay the railroad company to complete construction on the bridge.

However, the Mayor says these funds are available through the Marchiselli Aid grant and CHIPS funding, as to essentially not cost taxpayers at all.

The time line of completion for these projects is entirely up to the NYS Department of Transportation, said Woodward.

Rather, the resurfacing of NYS Route 3 through the city of Fulton and the reconstruction of the Phillips Street bridge over Tannery Creek are expected to happen this season.

“I think we are heading in the right direction by getting Broadway done and the Phillips St. bridge done this season,” said Woodward.