New York State DOT to partner with City of Utica to prevent flooding on the arterial

State DOT Regional Spokesperson Jimmy Piccola says the DOT will partner with the city of Utica to prevent flooding along the arterial in the future.

Posted: Aug 18, 2019 3:02 PM
Updated: Aug 18, 2019 11:53 PM

Utica, N.Y. - A day after major flooding shut down many streets on Utica's west side, along with a section of the arterial, New York State DOT Regional Spokesperson Jimmy Piccola says the DOT will partner with the city of Utica to try to prevent flooding along the north/south arterial in the future.

Piccola says state measurements showed more than 3 inches of rain fell in that part of Utica on Saturday and he says when the city's system gets overwhelmed like it did Saturday afternoon, all of that water has to go somewhere and a lot of it ends up on the arterial, "If you look at the topography of the area, the arterial is probably the lowest point in this area. When we have these events and the city system gets overwhelmed then it starts flowing down to the arterial."

When asked if removing the cement barrier along the section of the arterial that flooded on Satruday is an option, Piccola says there's a reason it's there, "The barrier was always there to protect the high-speed traffic but again the department is very committed to remedy this and along with the city of Utica we’re going to partner to see what we can do to try to capture this water before it gets to the arterial."

On July 1, 2017, this same section of the arterial also flooded and even worse, so now this is the second time it has flooded since the aretrial project was completed.

Piccola says engineers did look into things after that first flood, "The first thing we did is we went back and looked at our design for what we had for the actual arterial itself and all of our calculations. Everything was done properly, the installation was done properly, but basically what we see happening here it is that we’re having these every 50 year events a lot more frequently."

Piccola says he didn't know how soon DOT officials will meet with city of Utica officials to work on looking into preventing flooding in the future.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 449900

Reported Deaths: 33087
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens716827243
Kings671367318
Bronx525784941
Nassau462182201
Suffolk460612011
Westchester378011454
New York330703174
Richmond157301085
Rockland14823675
Orange11812498
Erie10999689
Monroe5894289
Dutchess5059153
Onondaga4220205
Albany3016134
Oneida2375123
Ulster224295
Niagara1724101
Putnam157463
Sullivan157148
Broome146569
Schenectady138048
Saratoga99817
Rensselaer89942
Columbia58137
Chautauqua5379
Madison48717
Ontario46135
Oswego4473
Tompkins3970
Warren36033
Steuben35042
Fulton33224
Otsego3325
Chemung3303
Orleans32354
Herkimer32110
Greene31918
St. Lawrence3184
Genesee3145
Wayne3105
Washington28714
Cattaraugus2546
Chenango2487
Montgomery2274
Tioga22425
Livingston2018
Cayuga1992
Jefferson1630
Essex1600
Cortland1590
Clinton1545
Wyoming1325
Delaware1304
Seneca1053
Allegany981
Schoharie830
Franklin650
Yates627
Lewis500
Schuyler380
Hamilton150
Unassigned016
Utica
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 45°
Oneonta
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 43°
Herkimer
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 45°
Thendara
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 45°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left