Town Highway

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 oswegosupervisor@gmail.com or (315) 343-2424.

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Road Work on Co. Rt. 20

The County Highway Dept. will be working at the bridge on Co Rt 20 between Co Rt 7 and Rathburn Road beginning next week.  The road will be closed to through traffic for @ 4-6weeks.  When complete, they will move to the bridge on Co Rt 20 between Rathburn and Ridge road, again, for @ 4-6 weeks.  
If you have any questions, the phone number for additional information is (315) 349-8331.

Hall Road Culvert Replacement

Hall Road, east of the Chapel Road intersection is currently closed. While this is an inconvenience to all, replacement cannot take place until all public utilities have ‘marked and cleared’ the dig site per Dig Safely NY. This is the law.

The Town is waiting for Frontier Communications to relocate a fiber optic line in the south side of the road, and a copper communication line running parallel to the culvert. Until this work is completed, and Frontier ‘clears’ the dig site, NO WORK can take place at this site.

Frontier Communication has made several trips to this location, planning their work. At this time, the Town has no knowledge of a completion date for Frontier. The Town Board has instructed their Attorney to contact Frontier Communications, stressing the importance of completing their work, so that the culvert can be replaced, and the road reopened.

Any new information will be passed on as we receive it.

Recognition of our Local Highway Department

The Town of Oswego Highway Dept. along with the Town of Wheatfield was recently highlighted in the spring edition of “Nuggets and Nibbles”, Cornell Local Roads Programs quarterly newsletter.  Both departments were featured for their willingness to tackle large projects in their communities, and the success and savings they achieved. 

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Meeting with State Assemblyman

While in Albany last Wednesday, I was able to meet with Brian Manktelow, our new State Assemblyman, to discuss CHIPS Funding and BRIDGE NY grant awards. Many other Highway Superintendents from Oswego County came with me, to meet Brian. I think he is going to be a strong advocate for our Town. Brian really does understand many of the difficulties we face daily, as he is the former Town Supervisor from Lyons, NY. I am looking forward to working with him in the future

An Update on the Thompson Road Bridge

I was recently asked about the closing of the Thompson Road, by the NYS DOT, and wanted to share with you the status of the project.    Currently, the Town has had discussions with a contractor for repairs to the existing culverts below, rather than a full replacement.  They have an engineering firm studying the bridge, and hope to have a report soon.  This will outline the feasibility of repairs and/or replacement along with the estimated costs.  Once they have that information, they will then be able to decide how to allocate funds for the repair or replacement option they chose to pursue.

Highway Superintendents Association

I traveled to Albany yesterday with our County Highway Superintendents Association. We met with Senator Patty Ritchie, center and Assemblyman Will Barclay, right and Assemblyman Mark Walczyk, left. Our discussion centered around the upcoming State Budget and local CHIPS funding. Later, we were able to meet with our newly elected Assemblymen representing the Town of Oswego, Brian Manktelow. 

David A. Sterio
Town of Oswego
Highway Superintendent
Superintendent of Buildings, Grounds, and Sewers
2227 County Route 7
Oswego, NY 13126
(315) 343-0937 office
(315) 591-0973 cell
(315) 343-0486 fax
oswegotownhighway@gmail.com

Grant Provided to Town will be Used for a New Snowplow

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As communities near Lake Ontario—and those in its lake effect snow band—are preparing for yet another potentially significant snowstorm, State Senator Patty Ritchie is helping make sure people living and working in one of our region’s snowiest towns are able to travel more safely by providing a grant to the Town of Oswego for a much-needed snowplow replacement. 

“Last winter, the Town of Oswego was hit with more than 200 inches of snow. That was one of the highest snowfall totals in the entire state,” Senator Ritchie said. “In order to handle that kind of snow, our towns must have the equipment necessary to keep up. I am pleased to have secured this grant for the Town of Oswego to ensure it can continue to handle the significant snowfall it will receive this winter and help keep people safe.” 

Currently, the Town of Oswego has five snowplows in rotation, but one is nearly 20 years old with several mechanical issues and a severely rusted frame. Using the $200,000 grant secured by Senator Ritchie, the town has purchased a 2019 International snowplow outfitted with Viking snow removal equipment critical to keeping roads clean—including a plow, wind and sander. 

“I would like to thank Senator Patty Ritchie for securing the $200,000 grant that allowed the Town of Oswego to purchase a new snow plow truck,” said Oswego Town Highway Superintendent David Sterio. “We greatly appreciate her support and the effort she provided so we can ensure our highway department can keep the roads clear and safe for our residents and travelers during our inclement weather.” 

The new snowplow is expected to be delivered to the Town of Oswego in the coming weeks .