Oswego Harbor Trail

Erdman Anthony designed this 1 ½ mile long multi-use trail in the City of Oswego. The trail was constructed to connect the Oswego Riverfront Park system to the Oswego Maritime District and the Lake Ontario waterfront. The trail now brings tourists and visitors to Oswego's Maritime District located on the Port of Oswego Authority's wharf and to points west including the U.S. Coast Guard Station, the International Marina, City of Oswego's Wright's Landing Marina and further west along the Lake of Ontario shoreline in Breitbeck Park. The trail provides pedestrian connectivity between State Route 104 and the City of Oswego's Downtown District.

The 10' wide bicycle and pedestrian trail includes several amenities to make its users feel safer and enjoy the trail experience. Lighting was included in Breitbeck Park to provide safe passage at night along Lake Ontario. Interpretive signs were added to point out key features along the corridor, including Fort Oswego, the historic lighthouse and abundant wildlife. Decorative bollards and an aluminum fence were added along the Port of Oswego Authority Wharf to aesthetically separate trail users from trucks that utilize the wharf. Inlaid pavement markings were added at heavily used crosswalks to provide high visibility with little or no maintenance necessary. Trail signage was included to identify the trail corridor and give directions to key scenic vistas. A segmental block retaining wall and landscaping were also added to hold back some slopes and provide additional visual interest.

Erdman Anthony provided survey, design and construction inspection services for this Locally Administered Federal Aid Project. Key issues addressed included right-of-way acquisition, environmental issues, historic sites, drainage issues, consistency with the City's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, compliance with NYS Department of State Coastal Zone Management regulations, coordination with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and US Army Corps of Engineers and public participation.

Project Accolades

  • Project Awards
  • 2009 Transportation Project of the Year - American Public Works Association (APWA), Central NY Chapter

Project Details


Oswego, NY


City of Oswego

Project Contact

Paul Presutti, PE, PTOE
  • Paul Presutti, PE, PTOE
  • 585-427-8888 x 1093
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