Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Push to Secure $2 Million to Make Critical Repairs to Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge

Jun 16, 2014

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced their push to secure a $2 million federal grant that would make critical repairs to the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge. The Senators announced that they are seeking the funding for this project through the federal Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grant program, which provides funding for road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. The bridge’s 50-year-old superstructure is in dire need of repairs and has seen decades of use which requires rehabilitation. Federal funding will continue the restoration of the aging suspension bridge, which handles over 800,000 vehicles annually and is an important thruway for billions of dollars of goods each year.    

“The Ogdensburg-Prescott Bridge is 50 years old and aging fast, which is why it is so critical that we secure the funding that Ogdensburg needs to make necessary repairs that will ensure the bridge is safe for decades to come,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will not only keep the hundreds of thousands of people that cross the bridge each and every year safe, but it will also benefit the local economy, as this rehabilitation will allow New York businesses to continue transporting goods to Canada and encourage our Canadian neighbors to visit the wonders of the North Country.”

“Investing in transportation infrastructure is one of the fastest and most effective ways to create jobs now, and lay the foundation for more jobs tomorrow,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This is one of the best investments we can make for the North Country region. Federal funding will make critical improvements to the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, which is heavily traveled and a central asset to our border economy.” 

“Infrastructure is the key to economic opportunity,” said Wade A. Davis, Executive Director, Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority. “The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority greatly appreciates the tireless support of U.S. Senators Gillibrand and Schumer as well as other elected officials in supporting the Authority’s TIGER V Application. When successful, a TIGER grant will enable the Authority to continue the rehabilitation of a key economic structure for New York.”

Also known as the St. Lawrence Bridge and the Seaway Skyway, the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge serves as central transportation infrastructure in providing a conduit for the movement of goods and people between the broader Northern New York region and Canada.

This TIGER grant would be used to support the preservation of the bridge’s 50-year-old superstructure, which is in dire need of repairs. The current structure has seen decades of erosion and that has caused corroding bridge spans and deteriorating concrete. Specifically, the funding would be used to enhance the protection of the bridge’s girder spans from corrosion, strengthening of the bridge’s cables, replacement of deteriorating spans, the repair of leaking concrete anchor piers as well as improvements to the top surface of the bridge. These critical infrastructure upgrades would stop further deterioration, restoring the bridge to safer more stable conditions.  The project is expected to create an estimated 43 direct jobs and provide a much-needed economic boost to the Ogdensburg area and strengthen the regional economy. 

The TIGER Discretionary Grant program provides an opportunity for the U.S. DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. In each round of TIGER, DOT receives many applications to build and repair critical pieces of freight and passenger transportation networks.