UTICA, N.Y. -- The Department of Transportation spent the day paving the area where Genesee Street meets Route 5S. It did cause some traffic delays, but the majority of the paving for this year is almost done. DOT Public Information Officer Jim Piccola discusses what to expect in the spring.
"We probably will switch the eastbound traffic over on to the new main line, but there’s quite a bit of work still to be done. We have to build a portion of the roundabout at John Street, so once that’s done, also we’ll be working on lower Genny where say, the Taylor and the Cook, Utica Roasters and stuff are, and also what they call Liberty Street. So there’s quite a bit of work that still needs to take place next year," said Piccola.
In the meantime, the pedestrian traffic will soon be smooth and easy to navigate, and traffic patterns will likely remain as they are. The project isn’t expected to be completed until November of next year, and there’s still a lot to do.
"There’s also work down at the intersection of John and Broad, also at Bleeker and John Street too that needs to take place, so there’s quite a bit of work that needs to be done. New signals, the installation of the roundabout, there’s lighting, sidewalks, the bike paths, quite a bit of work that still needs to come down to complete this next year," he said.
The DOT will continue to work along the side of the road for as long as they can.
"It’s all dependent on the weather. Again once you get to a certain point, getting out there it’s just…it doesn’t work you know. Either the material you can’t work with, or the conditions are too unsafe with the snow and ice out there," he added.
Even though the paving is coming to an end, the area is still considered a work zone, and there has been two deaths in work zone areas across the nation just this week, so the Department of Transportation is asking motorists to watch the speedometer, and pay attention.