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OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority closed all of the Port of Ogdensburg below Wall Street to public access Thursday.

The authority cited security issues and safety concerns as reasons for the closure.

The port was last closed in 2008, when turbine components for the Wolfe Island Wind Farm were brought through the facility.

“This is no different from that closure,” said Wade A. Davis, authority executive director. “We’re doing the same thing.”

Earlier this month, the OBPA announced a deal to bring 90 turbines through the port for wind projects in New York and Vermont. This year, a construction project has prompted the move.

“This year we’re closing it a little early because there is a safety issue with the port access road,” Mr. Davis said.

Construction of a new access road for the marine terminal begins this spring and will continue through the season.

Access to portions of the port has been restricted since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but this closure includes all of the property below Wall Street.

The authority also announced that, because of the construction and increased activity, the port would see extended operating hours.

Mr. Davis said the closure would be temporary, and the port would be accessible again after the wind turbine project was complete.

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