The New York State Department of Transportation today announced several major highway and bridge projects that will be taking place this construction season in Central New York. Most are continuations of projects that began in 2013. Some of these projects will have a significant impact to motorists.
I-690 Interchange with West Street: This is a continuation of last year’s bridge deck work and, as in 2013, work will be done in three phases:
Phase I: The ramps from westbound I-690 and from Butternut and Franklin streets to southbound West Street will be closed to allow for deck repairs to the left and center lanes of the bridge carrying southbound West Street over West Genesee Street. These closures will be in place until May 19. A short-term closure for the installation of an overhead sign structure will close the ramp from eastbound I-690 to West Genesee Street (Exit 12), sometime between mid-April and mid-May.
- Phase II: In June, eastbound I-690 over Onondaga Creek will have its bridge deck replaced with precast concrete panels. This requires the eastbound mainline be closed completely for up to 13 days. The signed detour will direct traffic onto Bear Street (to southbound I-81) and eventually traffic will be directed off the highway at combined Exits 11 & 12 (West Street and West Genesee Street). Motorists should plan alternate routes to bypass the long delays on I-690 and on the busier-than-usual surface streets in downtown Syracuse. Suggested alternate routes include State routes 20, 31, 173 and the NYS Thruway. Pedestrians and bicyclists should note that the Creekwalk will also be closed during this phase. This work is expected to begin on Friday, June 13.
- Phase III: The ramp from eastbound I-690 to southbound West Street will be closed for 42 days beginning after the completion of the NYS Fair. This will allow for the right lane of the West Street bridge over West Genesee Street to be rehabilitated.