$5.6M bridge work begins in Utica: How it will impact North-South Arterial traffic pattern
A $5.6 million bridge rehabilitation project will soon start along the North-South Arterial in Utica, the New York State Department of Transportation announced Wednesday in a statement.
The project will replace bridge joints and make other repairs to four structures that carry state Routes 5, 8 and 12 over French Road and New York Susquehanna and Western Railway, enhancing safety and improving travel along a key corridor, the NYSDOT said.
“The North-South Arterial is one of the Mohawk Valley’s most important roadways and the work we are undertaking now will help ensure that it remains open and accessible for many years to come,” NYSDOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said in a statement.
“The rehabilitation of these bridges will help create a more resilient transportation network that will keep people and goods on the move and strengthen the ties that bind all communities of New York State together.”
In addition to the replacement of bridge joints, the project will include repairs to the concrete substructures and medians. New lighting also will be added underneath the bridge above French Road and sidewalks along French Road will be upgraded.
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What motorists can expect
Motorists should expect traffic along the North-South Arterial in the vicinity of the project to be reduced to a single lane in each direction intermittingly as preliminary work is completed in April and continuously as full construction gets started in May.
Additionally, the on ramps from French Road to the Arterial will be closed in both directions and traffic detoured from French Road to Burrstone Road, to state Route 12.
Work is expected to be complete by Nov. 30.