FULTON – New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald today (Aug. 13) announced that construction has begun on a $12.2 million project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Route 3 over the Oswego River, in the city of Fulton.
“This bridge rehabilitation project will significantly improve the condition of this important bridge which links the two sides of Fulton,” said Commissioner McDonald. “Together with recent improvements at the Route 3 & Route 481 intersection, traffic should flow freely through the city for many years to come.”
NYSDOT will replace the entire superstructure, including the steel support beams and the concrete deck, and conduct substructure repairs on the concrete piers and abutments. The short arch span on the west side of the bridge will be replaced with a precast box unit.
New decorative bridge railing will also be installed.
During the first major stage of work, beginning on Aug. 13 and lasting into 2013, traffic will be shifted to the north side of the bridge and reduced from four lanes to two lanes, one in each direction.
The one lane in each direction configuration will be in place 24/7.
Pedestrians will be accommodated on a temporary sidewalk adjacent to the westbound lane.
The concrete deck will be removed from the south side the bridge, exposing the steel superstructure.
Over the course of several weeks in the fall, the bridge will be completely closed on weeknights between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. to allow for steel beam removal and replacement.
The two lane configuration will remain in place over this winter, and a bus shuttle will be available for pedestrians.
In the spring of 2013, the construction staging will reversed, with the new southern section providing a lane in each direction along with a temporary sidewalk for pedestrians.
The rehabilitated bridge will provide two 12-foot travel lanes with 2-foot shoulders in each direction, with nearly 6-foot-wide sidewalks on both sides.
Work is expected to be completed in late 2013.
Motorists can call 511 or visit www.511NY.org for lane closure updates on this and other road work in New York State.
The contractor for this project is Economy Paving, out of Cortland.