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Posted on: February 15, 2017

Clarkson Students Help Develop Concept for ‘Black Bridge’ Trestle Crossing

Seniors enrolled in Erik Backus’ Civil and Environmental Engineering class at Clarkson University are helping develop a design concept for the City’s proposed extension of the Maple City Trail.  Students will conduct a public meeting seeking feedback from Ogdensburg area residents, and trail users on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  The meeting will be held at the Ogdensburg Dobisky Center, 100 Riverside Avenue at 7 PM. 

At the upcoming public meeting, Clarkson students along with City staff seek public input on how members of the community see this trail helping their quality of life and the community generally.  The Clarkson students are using the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Envision rating system ( in developing the concept design for the extension of the Trail and the reuse of the bridge across the Oswegatchie River.  This system helps guide projects along a path to improve quality of life as well as economic and environmental outcomes based on community member input.  Information gathered will help the students shape the design of the project in a way that enhances all aspects of the planned project.

The City has applied to the DOT Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) in October 2016, as well as the New York State Consolidated Funding Application process in July 2016.  While the 2016 TAP awards have not yet been announced, the City did receive notification in December that Empire State Development awarded $250,000 towards the completion of this project.  The project, consisting of rehabilitation of the abandoned Penn-Central (‘Black Bridge’) railroad bridge and addition of 2,400’ of trail, is projected to cost $2,056,000. 

For more information on the public meeting please contact the City’s Department of Planning and Development Director Andrea L. Smith at 315.393.7150.  

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