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Bridge work to pick up next week, delays expected

Construction work continues on the Broadway Bridge in Fulton. Starting next week, traffic will be shifting to the north side of the bridge with only one lane eastbound and one lane westbound. The rebuilding of the bridge will take another year and a half to complete.

by Nicole Reitz

Those living and driving through Fulton’s west side can expect delays near the Broadway Bridge next week.

Construction work is about to be kicked up a notch.

So far, work that has completed on the four-lane bridge included the temporary north-side sidewalk. This wooden pathway allows foot travelers to get from one side of the bridge to the other and accommodates traffic flow.

Starting next week, traffic will be shifting to the north side of the bridge with only one lane eastbound and one lane westbound. Pedestrians will be allowed on the five-foot wide temporary sidewalk along the north-side of the bridge.

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 7, a new, temporary traffic signal — recently installed by the New York State Department of Transportation — will begin regulating traffic at the intersection of West Broadway and West Second Street South.

Because of the closure of some lanes during the construction project, left turns for westbound bridge traffic at West First Street South will be prohibited, Fulton police officials said.

The new traffic signal will allow for a greater volume of left turn traffic of westbound traffic on State Route 3 at the intersection of West Second Street.

The police department is also advising motorists that the construction project will most likely lead to delays on the Oneida Street Bridge and its surrounding intersections as well. This will be due to the anticipation of vehicular traffic attempting to avoid the Broadway Bridge construction area.

Police are urging motorists to plan accordingly for the change in traffic patterns and for traffic delays.

Motorists are also asked not to enter an intersection if it causes their vehicle to block the intersection.  Blocking an intersection is a violation of the vehicle and traffic law and creates further traffic delays and hazards, police said.

The police department will be closely monitoring traffic and will be taking appropriate enforcement action during the construction project.

According to New York State Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Gene Cilento, the bridge’s renovation plan is over 300 pages and discusses the separate phases of construction.

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