Bridge Replacement Press Release
Town of Oswego
Replacement of Thompson Road Bridge over Rice Creek
Project information Sheet
The Town of Oswego is pleased to announce that the replacement of the Thompson Road Bridge over Rice Creek has been successfully completed. A little over two years ago, following an inspection by the NYS Department of Transportation, the Town was notified that the bridge was “Red Flagged” and marked as needing repairs. Attempts to have the bridge remain open under limited traffic were unsuccessful as the bridge was deemed unsafe for travel. The Oswego Town Board took this matter very seriously and immediately began the long and arduous process of seeking repair or replacement. While investigating available options, the Town also made several attempts to secure outside funding for the project. The Town reviewed three alternative designs from BCA Engineering, opting for the most cost-effective long-term design. To many, this has been a long and drawn out project and quite the inconvenience to many. However, there were major hurdles that had to be met, not limited to the securing of needed permits, engineering approvals and other regulatory issues. In all, the project was completed under budget and without major increases in the Town’s tax rate in what many officials indicate was near record time for such a large and complicated project.
This project could not have been so successfully completed if not for the team work exhibited by all involved. The Town Board of Oswego was diligent and showed commitment to seeing the project through. BCA Architects & Engineers of Watertown provided excellent design and engineering work. Their efforts, insured that the bridge was an improvement over previous conditions and was completed within projected time frames and budget. The State University of New York at Oswego, especially Auxiliary Services, helped with right of way easements and other related issues. Slate Hill Constructors, Inc. of Warners, New York was awarded the construction contract in August 2020 after a competitive bid process. Besides being easy to work with and very cooperative and communitive in the process, they were able to handle some minor changes and adjustments encountered along the way. It is mainly due to their expertise, workmanship and dedication that the project was completed on time and within budget.
Finally, a special thank you to the residents of the Town of Oswego for their patience with the Town and for trusting in the Town Board to deliver as requested. The Town Board works for the of the people of the Town and sincerely appreciates the faith given by our community.
For further information please contact Richard Kaulfuss, Supervisor, Town of Oswego firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 343-2424.