By JIMMY LAWTON
OGDENSBURG -- Latest estimates on the Paterson Street reconstruction project place the local share at $996,770.
That’s about $616,340 above the original proposal, which would have cost taxpayers $380,430.
At a Monday meeting the council agreed to spend the additional money. Ogdensburg Mayor William Nelson said the additional cost is a result of cost shifting by the New York State Department of Transportation.
The DOT apparently reviewed the project and decided several aspects were outside of the state’s responsibility. This included
Councilor Jennifer Stevenson was displeased with the state’s decision to shift costs well after the original estimates were in.
“I ‘m very disappointed in the state that they did not make this very clear from the beginning,” she said “I think the state should have done a better job on their end.”
Nelson said he was not thrilled with the additional local cost added that the project would be huge improvement for the city. He said the city would be completing an $8 million or $9 million project for less than $1 million.
Although councilors were unhappy with the increase, there was consensus that the project must go forward.
The project is currently estimated at $7.5 million. The federal government will contribute $5.14 million and the state will pay $1.24 million toward the project.
The project will improve 1.1 miles of Paterson Street with plans to restore pavement to good condition, separate the storm sewer system from the existing combined storm/sanitary system and improving intersections, sidewalks and drainage.
The project also included the removal of 54 trees along the roadside. The city plans to widen the roadway to include two 12’ wide travel lanes and two 7’ wide parking lanes.
Additional information on the project can be found at http://www.ogdensburg.org/index.aspx?nid=314.