By Matthew Reitz
Plans to replace the Phillips Street Bridge over Tannery Creek in Fulton are moving forward after city officials authorized funding for the project last week.
City Clerk/Chamberlain Dan O’Brien said the city was “just buttoning up the last few documents that need to be done.”
“The environmental assessment is complete, and permits are in place,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien said the project is still awaiting approval from New York state, and once approved, the city will put the project out for bid. The project is expected to take about three months once it starts, and the city is hoping to break ground in June.
Officials say the bridge is beyond repair and will need to be replaced entirely. Once the project begins, residents can expect to see that portion of Phillips Street closed until the replacement is complete.
The project will require a 5 percent local contribution, while 80 percent will come from federal funds and 15 percent will be covered by the state’s Marchiselli program.
Last week, the Common Council appropriated $49,150 to cover the local contribution.
According to New York State Highway Bridge Data, the bridge was last replaced in 1978 and has been ruled structurally deficient by the state.
New York state gives condition ratings on bridges, with anything below 5.0 being deemed deficient. The Phillips Street Bridge received a 3.49 rating during the last inspection in June 2014.