OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City Police Department wishes to alert citizens that the New York State Department of Transportation will be starting the Utica Street Bridge project on Tuesday.
This project, unlike the Bridge Street Project, won’t require a complete closure of the bridge.
Work will be performed while keeping at least one lane open in each direction for the duration of the project.
They are going to start by only shutting down one eastbound lane and will at a latter date shut both lanes down, leaving only one lane for westbound and one lane for eastbound traffic.
Work crews will begin some of the preparatory work tomorrow (April 19), involving signage and adjusting the timing of the traffic signals on the east and west First and Utica Street intersections.
“The New York State Department of Transportation crews and the main contractor, Economy Paving, did a terrific job last year by minimizing the impact to our community. We are confident that they will continue the same working relationship with us as they finish the Utica Street project,” said Police Chief Mike Dehm.
The Oswego Police Department asks that motorists be patient as the work continues throughout the next few months, traffic patterns around the construction project may change with little or no notice.
They will be working on the underside of the bridge, replacing 16 bearings, which includes new concrete pedestals and new steel bearings, according to city engineer Tony Leotta.
“They need to work off the deck, starting on the south side. Therefore, traffic will be restricted to two lanes,” he explained. “Then, they will transfer to the north side.”
Also, they need to do certain painting on the under side of the bridge, he added.
Upon completion of the underside work, they will be installing a new coating on the existing concrete deck surface.
The project is expected to take about three months, Leotta said, adding it will be done before Harborfest.