Ogdensburg Sees Record Air Passengers, More Bridge TrafficPosted: Updated:
More cars and trucks are crossing the Ogdensburg–Prescott International Bridge, with a surge lately. More favorable exchange rates are one factor. But officials say some home-grown projects are also drawing people over the bridge.
“That's driven by two things. Primarily industrial growth at the Port of Ogdensburg and in the industrial park and also due to the record-setting flights we've had at the airport this year,” said Wade Davis, Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority executive director.
2017 was the first full year for Allegiant Airlines at the airport, where 45,000 passengers flowed through. That's more than four times the number in previous years. And many of those people do more than just fly.
“That's an opportunity for everybody to buy a Pepsi, to buy a cup of coffee, to shop in the Ogdensburg shops, to shop in the restaurants here locally,” said Davis.
The increase in bridge crossings is also good for another reason. Tolls collected there are what fund the airport, port and industrial park. In all, crossings were up 8 percent last year.
A portion of bridge tolls are invested in the commerce park. There are now 600 people working there. They're running out of space and thinking of putting up a new building.
Projects ready to launch include the $18 million expansion of the Port of Ogdensburg dock wall. And the port now has new grain bins.
The authority projects all of that will drive another 3 percent increase in bridge crossings this year.