FULTON, NY — The state’s Broadway Bridge project over the Oswego River in the city of Fulton has entered the final phase of reconstruction and all lanes and sidewalks are slated to reopen by Sept. 30 according to the Department of Transportation.
DOT spokesman Gene Cilento said on Friday that there is some work remaining as construction crews were onsite this week to frame the curb and sidewalk installations on the south side of bridge.
Cilento said some of the other work yet to be complete includes paving and road markings, removing temporary walkways, setting and cleaning the drainage structures, then topsoil and seed for the embankments and roadsides.
“Work should be completed by Sept. 30,” Cilento said.
The bridge has remained open for most of the project which began in Aug. 2012, but with traffic limited to one lane east and one west.
The flow was diverted this week from the south lanes – which were finished last year – to the now finished north lanes as construction crews moved back to the south side to do the sidewalk prep work.
Meanwhile, the new concrete sidewalk on the north side of the bridge is open to pedestrians.
The walkways were closed for the winter months with a shuttle providing pedestrians passage.
The $12.2 million state reconstruction project was approved in 2010. It was estimated at that time more than 13,000 cars a day go through the State Route 3 and State Route 48 intersection on the west side of the river, and more than 21,000 cars a day drive along Route 3 at the State Route 481 intersection on the east side.
According to the DOT the bridge was last rebuit in 1969.
Just as the Broadway Bridge is about to reopen, councilors voted Aug. 5 to authorize Fulton’s mayor to enter the Marchiselli Aid grant program to secure funding for the revitalization of Fulton’s Phillips Street Bridge over Tannery Creek.
While the Broadway Bridge is a state tax funded project, as a city owned span repairs to the Phillips Street Bridge would be paid through local property taxes.
The Marchiselli Program is a highway improvement program financed by federal funds with a requirement for the state and local governments to share in the cost of approved projects.
According to the state comptroller’s website, Marchiselli projects are funded in shares of either 75 percent federal, 19 percent state and six percent local; or 80 percent federal, 15 percent state and five percent local.
Fulton’s Common Council voted unanimously to appropriate $28,000, which the mayor said represents five percent of the grant to cover the cost of the city’s participation.
According to the New York State Highway Bridge Data dated July 31, Fulton’s Phillip’s Street Bridge was last replaced in 1978 and when inspected in May 2013 rated as structurally deficient.
The Oneida Street Bridge, Fulton’s other major artery crossing the Oswego River, was last rehabbed in 1985 and during its June 2012 inspection was rated N – neither structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
All publicly owned highway bridges receive a general inspection at least once every two years. Bridges are inspected annually if they meet certain condition deficiency criteria or are posted for limited load weights.