FULTON, NY – The Oneida Street bridge over the Oswego River in Fulton is expected to see a rehabilitation period beginning at the end of May, according to city officials.
The Fulton Common Council unanimously accepted a bid on Tuesday (April 25) of $1,888,597.95 from Vector Construction Corporation to complete the project, the lowest bid received out of four.
Unlike the former two-year reconstruction project on the Broadway Bridge completed in 2014, the Oneida Street bridge will focus on rehabilitating sections of the bridge as opposed to a full reconstruction.
For that reason, Public Works Commissioner, Charles J. Smith III, anticipates less traffic interruptions when compared to the Broadway bridge reconstruction period.
“You won’t see the same kind of traffic pattern that you did on Broadway. There’s going to be east and westbound traffic at most times going both directions throughout the entire project,” he said.
There will be times at night, however, when the entire bridge may be closed down, though he said those times would be “very minimal.”
The rehabilitation of the 900 foot span will include concrete decking repairs, sidewalk sealing, thin epoxy overlay of the decking, bearing replacement, localized painting to the steel superstructure, and substructure repair and concrete sealing.
All the repairs are necessary at this time and will see a 30-year life once completed, Smith said.
He added that the work is anticipated to be done in one season, a calendar year of 250 days.
The overall cost of the project is totaled at $2,265,000 after an additional funding award of $550,000 from the Bridge NY grant allowed the project to take on more repairs.
Federal funding sources will contribute $1,894,000 while current state funding contributions sit at $108,150.
However, Smith is anticipating a second round of Marchiselli funding from the state to drastically reduce the city’s local share contribution currently totaling $262,530.
Ultimately, the city’s portion of the project will be equivalent to that of five percent of the total cost of the project once all additional funding sources are through and accounted for, Smith said.
The local shares will come from the city’s CHIPS funding, the Consolidated Local Streets and Highway Improvement Program.
The city’s CHIPS funding is offered through the state every year based mostly upon the local highway inventory miles and allows city officials to complete bridge projects, local paving, equipment purchases, and more. The city CHIPS balance currently holds $452,290.
At the same time, the council also advertised to accept bids for the rehabilitation of the North Sixth Street bridge over CSX in Fulton, located between Kimball Avenue and Clark Street.
Sealed bids for the project can be submitted to the office of the City Clerk/Chamberlain located in the Municipal Building, 141 S. First St., on or before May 19 up to 2 p.m.
The bids will be publicly opened the same day at 2:15 p.m.
Smith anticipates both bridge projects will be completed this year.
Once both bridge projects are completed, all bridges in the city of Fulton will be up to date following recent bridge project completions including the reconstruction of the Phillips Street bridge last year as well as the Broadway bridge reconstruction finished in 2014.
“It’s really unprecedented,” Smith said.