The North-South Arterial Project in Utica is tough to avoid. YNN's Cara Thomas has the latest on the project that began about six months ago.
UTICA, N.Y. -- After years of planning and discussion, the $65 million North-South Arterial project finally began. Six months later, the project is well underway.
The project started in March with demolition. Now, a clear path can be seen where the arterial roadway will be built.
"We have a total of 66 structures that need to come down. Right now we're at 62. We have three houses left and the Fay Street Warehouse," said Jim Piccola, New York State Department of Transportation.
The demolition phase is expected to be complete by the end of October. However, the demolition of the Fay Street Warehouse will take longer.
Piccola said, "We're working on putting a contract together right now for the actual demolition of that and we're expecting that to take place by the Spring of 2014."
Construction crews are also working to create alternate routes for drivers by helping them avoid the arterial all together. A new intersection is being created on Burrstone Road by extending Lincoln Avenue. Next week, crews will create a road to link Oriskany Boulevard with Champlin Avenue.
"We've really ramped up the work at Burrstone and Lincoln. Again, there was a lot of work that had to go in ahead of time, but we're on schedule and both of those intersections should be completed by the end of the year," said Piccola.
The replacement of the viaduct bridges and the construction at the Court Street intersection won't begin until Spring of 2014. However, crews are doing a lot of utility work in that area, and started work on a pedestrian bridge.
"We hope to pour the footings for both of them by the end of this week and we'll move on to the east side and start work there," noted Piccola.
Officials say the project is on schedule and should be completed by 2016.