Lane closures expected when Ogdensburg begins Paterson Street Project in June
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 9:13 am

OGDENSBURG -- Lane closures are expected as Ogdensburg begins its long-awaited Paterson Street Reconstruction Project.

The reconstruction of 1.1 miles of Paterson Street in the City of Ogdensburg from the city limits to the Port of Ogdensburg will begin in June and will wrap up in August.

A press release from Ogdensburg City Manager John Pinkerton says the $7.5 million, federally funded program entails full depth pavement reconstruction, new sidewalks and curbing, and will widen the road by about two feet.

Local passenger car, emergency, and delivery traffic will be accommodated using daily lane closures or local detours within the city street grid layout.

Due to the narrow existing pavement widths and the need to replace the combined sewer system, large trucks may be temporarily detoured along other routes.

Officials say there will be uninterrupted access to the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority facilities, as well as to the public boat launch. Port traffic is encouraged to use the new Ford Street entrance via Route 37 and Ford Street Extension.

In addition, a new storm drainage system will allow for the existing combined sewer system to be separated, the release says. Geometric problems and traffic signal operations at the Paterson Street/Ford Street intersection will be corrected, and streetscape improvements are planned.

“In addition to correcting major issues with this primary corridor, we are excited to finally implement another phase of the City’s Long Term Control Plan related to Combined Sewer Overflows into the St. Lawrence River,” said Patricia Paquin, of the city engineering office. “This project is consistent with the city’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, Strategic Management Plan, and Main Street Assessment, and we are excited to finally be moving forward.”

The city hopes the project will revitalize the central corridor within the city and encourage neighborhood improvements and redevelopment.

The project corridor contains a mix of commercial, residential, municipal, and recreational spaces, all of which “will be enhanced by the infrastructure and streetscape improvements,” Pinkerton’s release says.

New Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible sidewalks will be constructed throughout the project, in addition to new pedestrian signals at the Paterson Street and Ford Street intersection.

Recreational and scenic areas along the corridor will be improved, and pedestrian access will be safer throughout. Street trees that blocked visibility and contributed to the deterioration of sidewalks and pavement have been removed and will be replaced with tree and vegetation planting.

Barton & Loguidice, headquartered in Syracuse (with a newly-opened Watertown office) is the project engineer and will oversee the construction of this project.

J.E. Sheehan Contracting Corporation of Potsdam is the prime contractor.

The project development has been coordinated with NYSDOT Region 7 Planning & Program Development, and is Federally-Aided through SAFETEA-LU Coordinated Border Infrastructure Program funds. The City of Ogdensburg is contributing roughly $1 million toward the project.

See project details at