Traffic was shut down for roughly 15 minutes Thursday morning on the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge to allow the crossing of a large corn harvester headed for Twin Mill Farms in Lisbon. Several pickup trucks loaded with equipment followed its journey across the border.
Its a Gleaner R52 combine with a six-row corn head, said Blake P. Gendebein, an owner at Twin Mill Farms. The farm has 150 dairy cows and sells between 20,000 and 30,000 bushels of corn every year.
What you saw today was an oversized, over-dimensional load, said Wade Davis, executive director of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority.
The bridge, that sees roughly 700,000 vehicles cross every year, is frequently used for transporting large, industrial items.
Most of them [industrial items] are just normal traffic, said Mr. Davis.
However, when a larger item like a corn harvester needs to cross, the bridge is shut down to accommodate it.
While todays harvester was under the 40-ton limit, on occasion engineers are called in to help get larger, heavier items across the bridge.
We have the highest design capacity of any of the three regional structures, said Mr. Davis. The other bridges in the area are the Thousand Islands Bridge, Alexandria Bay, and the Seaway International Bridge, Massena.
Everything went real well, said Mr. Gendebein. Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority was very cooperative and nice.
This wasnt the first time Twin Mill Farm transported equipment across the international line.
Mr. Gendebein said they had the bridge shut down about a decade ago as well.
Ontario is a pretty progressive ag community compared to our area in New York, he said, explaining that machines made in the United States can return after a sale duty free.
The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge handles roughly $2 billion in goods every year, said Mr. Davis.