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City’s new Lake Street pedestrian bridge in place

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In case you missed it, the new Lake Street pedestrian bridge across the Oswegatchie River in downtown Ogdensburg is in place.

It happened Tuesday morning at 8 o’clock, before the day surrendered to rain and wind. A pair of cranes - one weighing 400 tons, the other 300 tons - lifted the fully assembled, 400-foot-long, 100-ton iron span off the deck of its aging predecessor and set it in place a few yards to the south.

“Everything went wonderfully,” said Kit W. Smith, the city’s public works director. “Everything came off without a hitch. It was a perfect fit.”

But there is still plenty of work to be done before pedestrian traffic can go walking across the span this summer.

The new bridge, which will connect downtown Ogdensburg and its west side marina district, has already been outfitted on its underside with a 20-inch sewer line and a 10-inch water line. Sometime within the next three weeks, Mr. Smith said Thursday, his department will put them into service in a midnight-to-dawn process that will mean no interruption of services. He said there is usually low demand during those hours.

“We should have two smooth transitions,” he said.

The last hours of sewage flow from the old line, also bracketed underneath the old crossing, will be diverted to a pumping station on Main Street and trucked to the city’s wastewater treatment plant on Railroad Street.

Water flow will be shifted to a 16-inch underwater line from Spruce to Gilbert streets, south of the new bridge.

Other work that remains on the $2.4 million project includes installation of lighting and telephone lines as well as landscaping. The old bridge will take four weeks to demolish. The project is still expected to be finished by August.

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