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$16.6M construction project along Route 5S/Oriskany Street set to begin

Project rendering photo provided by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office

The $16.6 million construction project along a nearly one-mile stretch of State Route 5S/Oriskany Street is set to begin.

Posted: Apr. 11, 2018 5:24 PM

UTICA – The $16.6 million construction project along a nearly one-mile stretch of State Route 5S/Oriskany Street is set to begin.

The project is meant to enhance safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists along the .7-mile stretch of Route 5S/Oriskany Street from Broad Street to Broadway, just before the Adirondack Bank Center, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is calling it a “new gateway to the city.”


Project rendering photo provided by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office

Project rendering photo provided by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office

Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the plans is a roundabout that will be implemented at the intersection of Oriskany and John streets. Construction will also include enhancing accessibility for people with disabilities, realigning the roadway, reducing the number of driving lanes and adding bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

"Upgrading the Route 5S corridor will enhance a major entrance to Utica and its neighborhoods, while improving safety for all travelers,” Cuomo said in a news release. "We will continue to invest in improvement projects like this, helping to rejuvenate communities, support local businesses and make New York an even better place to live, work and raise a family."

The project will also include landscaping and cosmetic features such as trees and shrubs – more than 9,000 plantings in total, according to Cuomo – as well as park benches, bike racks and light fixtures.

“The Route 5S project will improve the efficiency and safety of one of the most heavily- traveled areas in the heart of the City of Utica,” Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said in the news release. “Along with the nearly-completed North-South Arterial project, the navigation of our county seat is being completely transformed and will go a long way toward enhancing the major economic development and improvements that are occurring in the downtown corridor. I thank Governor Cuomo for the funding that will make this great project happen and I look forward to its completion."

Construction on the project is expected to be completed in late 2020.

For more photo renderings of the project, click here.

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