Drivers prepare for ramp closures as bridge replacement project begins

Drivers who pass through the 5/8/12 interchange will see quite the change. The New York State DOT will begin their replacement project on the Route 8 bridge on Tuesday. It was supposed to begin on Monday, but windy weather prevented them from doing so.

Posted: Mar 29, 2021 6:30 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. --- Drivers who pass through the 5/8/12 interchange in New Hartford will see quite the change come Tuesday. The New York State DOT will begin their replacement project on the Route 8 bridge. It was supposed to begin on Monday, but windy weather prevented them from doing so.

The project will bring drivers on a number of detours to get around the construction. New Hartford Village Mayor Donald Ryan said one of the most affected roads will be Genesee St. He said that will be one of the only ways into the village.

"It's going to be a difficult challenge and people are going to have to do some planning before this project gets going as to their alternative routes," said Ryan.

The DOT said on an average day over 10,000 cars use the exit ramps in the area of the Route 8 bridge a day. One of the busiest is the Campion road exit, especially during rush hour traffic.

As many cars will be using Genesee St. as their detour, business owners like Chuck Sadallah said the extra traffic is a good thing.

"Increased traffic is not a bad thing especially for people like ourselves," said Sadallah.

DOT Spokesperson Jim Piccola said the project is expected to be finished before the end of this year.

"If all goes well we'd like to see the bridge be open by the end of this year. Depending on the weather can play in but we will have the job complete by the end of next spring or early summer," said Piccola.

Piccola said drivers who use that roadway should plan ahead and take it slow as road work begins.

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