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Ogdensburg Paterson Street overhaul to begin in the fall.

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You can call it the Ogdensburg version of Boston’s “Big Dig” road construction project.

The much-delayed, federally-funded $7.5 million overhaul of the entire length of Paterson Street - from the port of Ogdensburg south to its 1100 block near Route 37 - is “the biggest project ever in Ogdensburg,” according to Public Works Director Kit W. Smith

“Everybody’s excited about this project,” he said..

Work on the two-year-long project will begun in late summer/early fall now that final design plans have been approved, Mr. Smith said Friday.

Contractors will be hired by summer.

The scope of the 1.1-mile-long Paterson Street project includes the following work:

—Restoring the street surface, especially for heavy truck traffic to and from the port, and widening the existing 30-foot roadway to include two 12-foot wide travel lanes and two seven-foot-wide parking lanes.

—Separation of the street’s storm sewer system from the existing combined storm/sanitary system.

—A changing lane at Paterson and Ford streets.

—New sidewalks and curbing.

—Utility poles will need to be removed and replaced.

—Trees on both sides of the street will be removed and replaced with smaller trees.

Sidewalks will still be five feet wide, but the green strip between the curb and the sidewalk will be reduced from about to six to eight feet, to four feet.

“This is what makes this project so grand,” Mr. Smith said.

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