Updated 05/03/2012 04:53 PM
DOT and State Police urge caution on I-81
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's going to be a busy construction season on Interstate 81 in Jefferson County. Transportation crews will be working on two major projects.
So as part of National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, the DOT and State Police are teaming up to urge drivers to be careful and patient.
At the northern end of Jefferson County, crews continue to build the new connector road to Fort Drum and at the southern end, from the Oswego County line to Arsenal Street in Watertown will be completely re-paved.
State Police say there will be no excuses accepted for drivers not following the work zone laws.
"There're going to be no surprises. We want people to know that we're out there and our goal is highway safety and deterrence, but we are going to take a zero tolerance stance against all violators," New York State Police Captain Darrin Pitkin said.
"Time and distance is your friend traveling through a work zone. Give yourself a couple extra minutes. Let cooler heads prevail, take your time and we'll get you through," said New York State DOT Public Information Officer Mike Flick.
Crews also want to remind people of the new changes to the move over law, which now includes tow trucks and construction vehicles.