DOT replacing center median on arterial to prevent flooding

The Department of Transportation is replacing the center median of the Utica North-South Arterial to help prevent flooding on the highway.

Posted: Oct 29, 2019 5:28 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – The Department of Transportation is replacing the center median of the Utica North-South Arterial to help prevent flooding on the highway.

Work will begin Wednesday on the new barrier system, which the DOT says will allow water to drain between traffic while still protecting drivers on the road. Construction is expected to begin on the northbound side of the highway.

“We'll have to set up a lane closure to install what they call a jersey barrier to protect workers. We are going to do the northbound first and once that's completed, the southbound. There will be two lanes of traffic in each direction, with just a shift over,” said Jim Piccola of the DOT.

The project will take six weeks to complete, and there will be a 45 mph speed limit during construction.

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