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Bridge work continues despite wintry conditions

87603805by Nicole Reitz

Despite the wintry weather conditions, construction continues on the Route 3 (Broadway) bridge in Fulton.

So far, most of the bridge work has been done on the southern portion. New steel beam replacements were added to the bridge in the fall.

According to New York State Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Gene Cilento, most substructure work has been done, but cosmetic work will continue into the spring. Most recently, a water line and electrical conduits have been installed.

Weather permitting, National Grid will need to a run gas line on the southern portion of the bridge. Once the weather breaks in the spring, a concrete deck will be poured. Cilento described this as a major step because of the length of the Route 3 bridge. The cement will take a few weeks to fully cure and then the railing and poles can be put into place.

Cilento said that the public can expect the southern portion of the bridge to be open late spring/early summer. At that time, traffic with shift from the north to the south side of the bridge, where the same repairs will begin on the north side.

The estimated completion for the bridge is scheduled for the summer of 2014, meaning that construction will span another winter.

Cilento reminds pedestrians needing to cross the bridge by foot to make use of the shuttle, which operates on either side of the bridge Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shuttle has reduced hours on Saturdays and doesn’t operate on Sundays.

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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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