Arterial To Reopen All Four Lanes Of Traffic Tomorrow Morning
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a major milestone has been reached in the $66.5 million project to reconstruct the Utica North-South Arterial in the city of Utica, Oneida County. The Arterial will reopen all four lanes of traffic tomorrow morning, including the reconstructed on-ramp from Oriskany Street (Route 5A) to Routes 5, 8, and 12 South.
“Utica is one step closer to completing this significant infrastructure project, connecting residents and travelers to the growing number of downtown businesses and providing a safer, more efficient commute for all,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is yet one more example of New York’s commitment to strengthening highways and bridges across this state in order to help ensure our roadways remain viable and reliable for years to come.”
To reconstruct the Utica North-South Arterial, one northbound lane and one southbound lane had closed during construction. This latest milestone will allow the Oriskany Street on-ramp and four Arterial roadways to reopen to travelers and commuters, easing traffic congestion in and out of the city of Utica.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “Reopening all lanes on the North-South Arterial brings us one step closer to realizing a safer, more modern highway for Utica. By enhancing access and mobility through the city, we are working to ensure the transportation network supports Governor Cuomo’s commitment to making it easy for businesses to thrive and prosper in New York State.”
On Court Street, one lane in each direction and the ramp from the Arterial to Court Street will remain closed through next spring, as work continues to reconstruct the Court Street interchange.
In addition, a Single Point Urban Interchange is being built to improve safety for travelers by including one set of traffic signals for motorists exiting and entering the Arterial.
The project began in 2014 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017. The project includes building a bridge to carry traffic over local streets, reconstructing the Court Street interchange and replacing the bridges carrying the Arterial over Columbia, Lafayette and Oriskany streets. A pedestrian bridge over the Arterial was completed and opened in 2014.
Senator Joseph Griffo said, “The infrastructure improvements taking place across this state are exactly the kind of projects our communities need to continue driving our economies forward. The Utica Arterial reconstruction project will ensure travelers a safe commute in and out of the city and ease the headache of congestion as the hard working residents of Oneida County head to work each day. I thank the Governor for making these critical investments and building a stronger foundation for the future of this region.”
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi said, “The Arterial project has been a model for how to modernize a major transportation artery. The Department of Transportation has involved the community in every stage of this project. I thank members of the community for their patience. With most of this project now completed, I believe drivers will appreciate how well the Arterial connects the surrounding area, improving visibility and safety for the people who use it. This reconstructed highway will be a significant benefit to the economy of the Mohawk Valley.”
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente said, "The North-South Arterial is a major thoroughfare through Utica and we are pleased to have all lanes reopening soon. I thank Governor Cuomo and the Department of Transportation for their quick work and dedication to the roads and bridges of the Mohawk Valley."
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said, “Through projects like the North-South Arterial, Governor Cuomo has helped improve the infrastructure and quality of life in the City of Utica. This project symbolizes the rebirth that is occurring throughout Utica, and I thank the Governor and Department of Transportation staff for their commitment and investment in making traveling in Utica more efficient and safe.”
Construction on Court Street and the Arterial is ongoing and motorists are reminded to pay attention and drive with caution in the work zone.
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