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Ogdensburg Port access road moves ahead

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Wade A. Davis was relieved Friday.

Mr. Davis, executive director of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, was told that the state Department of Transportation will begin soliciting bids for the Port of Ogdensburg’s new access road Thursday.

“We had a meeting with them last Friday that said the project would be put out to bid this Thursday or next Thursday,” said Mr. Davis. “The project is going to be on the street next week as far as bidding.”

OBPA officials had been waiting on DOT to announce a bid date for several months, originally hoping to have the project completed over the winter. The new road is critical to future operations at the port, said Mr. Davis. Currently, traffic leaving the port uses Paterson Street to leave the city, however later this year Ogdensburg will begin a separate project to rehabilitate the street, which could hamper traffic to the port.

The port’s new access will divert traffic away from the mostly residential neighborhood along Paterson Street. The large trucks create a noise nuisance and cause wear on the road.

DOT Region 7 Public Information Officer Michael R. Flick confirmed that the project is finally going out to bid.

“It looks that will be advertised for bid next Thursday, with a bid opening in three to four weeks following,” he said. “It usually then takes anywhere from 30-45 days to get shovels in the ground.”

The access road will lead from the port up a hill to an intersection with Ford Street, near the artery’s meeting with Barre Street.

“It is going to make Paterson street a lot safer for our community,” said Frederick J. Carter, vice-chairman of the Authority’s board of directors.

The road will also allow larger cargo to enter and leave the port, a key asset as the Authority tries to woo new customers to the St. Lawrence Seaway facility, said Deputy Executive Director Frederick S. Morrill.

“We’re working on projects,” he said. “It is important that the road get done in a timely manner.”

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