Opening of Ogdensburg's Lake Street pedestrian bridge to be celebrated with ribbon cutting Saturday
Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 9:03 am

OGDENSBURG -- The City of Ogdensburg will celebrate the grand opening of the Lake Street pedestrian bridge with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a look back at the history of the old bridge at 10 a.m. Oct. 6.

The ceremony will be held on the west side of the Lake Street Bridge in the Marina District.

This project began in September 2011 and consisted of the construction of a new pedestrian bridge across the Oswegatchie River and the demolition of the old Lake Street Bridge.

A new water main and an upsized sanitary force main were installed on the new pedestrian bridge to replace the utilities on the existing bridge. In addition, a new 16-inch water main was installed under the Oswegatchie from Spruce Street to Gilbert Street. The city considers the work important to the potential redevelopment of the former Shade Roller and Diamond International waterfront properties.

This construction work was performed by Tuscarora Construction Company, Inc., Pulaski.

The project was primarily funded by a $2.5 million grant from the New York State Regional Economic Development (NYS RED) Program and partial funding was provided through the Empire State Development Corporation Restore NY.

Wayne Ladouceur of VIP Films will be attending to film the opening for a documentary and welcomes the public’s comments of their memories of the original Lake Street Bridge.