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$4.4 million project in Utica improves Bagg's Square/N. Genesee St. connectivity

The NYS Department of Transportation Commissioner came to Utica Friday to announce a $4.4 million project that will encourage people who live and work near Bagg's Square to slow down and enjoy the view.

Posted: Feb 28, 2020 5:51 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2020 5:56 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The NYS Department of Transportation Commissioner came to Utica Friday to announce a $4.4 million project that will encourage people who live and work near Bagg's Square to slow down and enjoy the view.

"Like the arterial, this is really gonna be a game-changer, I think, for the city of Utica," said Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez.

Construction will begin this spring on a 10-foot wide, half-mile long multi-use path that will improve connectivity between Bagg's Square and north Genesee Street.

"It's basically gonna start down at the intersection of Whitesboro, Broad Street, at the bottom of the John Street ramp, and continue north all the way to Wurz Ave," said Jim Piccola, of the NYSDOT.

"The fact that you have the walkability, the bikeability, the funability, to go from downtown to Bagg's Square to the Harbor, to the Nexus Center to along these areas is remarkable," said Utica Mayor, Robert Palmieri.

The Commissioner says, attention will be paid to aesthetics.

"Some of the details with regard to this shared use path. It's gonna have decorative lighting and bollards and benches and planters."

The path and ancillary work is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

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