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Slow down, road work season is here

    FINGER LAKES—If drivers haven’t noticed, road work season is here.
    For Yates County, the biggest and continuing project is the replacement of the Route 14A Keuka Outlet bridge. The work that started in September of last year is expected to reopen for traffic, May 25. Doug Hammond, New York State Department of Transportation engineer, said work will continue though until mid-June.
    The Yates County Highway Department is also doing various roadwork projects that will disrupt traffic. The county has been replacing pavement on Central Avenue in Keuka Park this week. Traffic will be reduced to single-lane only. The county is then scheduled to repair road shoulders, from next week to mid-June. The department is also planning to do culverts on County Routes 9 and 24.
    The DOT will be doing repairs on Route 54A in Jerusalem and Pulteney. The state will be fixing culverts and walls, but isn’t expected to start until the fall.
    Tim Timbrook, DOT resident engineer, explained that this year the DOT will be focusing on more routine maintenance projects. He said that projects that are not absolutely important will be taken care of later, possibly next year. One example is the repaving of Route 230, from Wayne to Dundee. The work started last year and was expected at that time to continue this year and next year in installments to finish it. However, Timbrook explained that because traffic on Route 230 is light, this project was put on the back burner due to funds. He added that minor repairs will continue to be made so the road is usable. Timbrook said most work this year will be guardrails, striping, and signage.
    The bridge replacement at Route 226, over Tobehanna Creek, is expected to be completed this year. The project, in Tyrone, will have increased visibility around the junction of Route 226 and 23. The state expects to complete the replacement by June 29.
    The DOT is replacing the bin at the Route 224 bridge over Cayuta Creek in the town of Cayuta. The work is actively underway and is expected to be completed Nov. 16, 2012. Another project that should be completed this fall is the bridge replacement of Route 228 over Taughannock Creek in Hector.
    The DOT will also be doing resurfacing of Route 409 this spring. According to the state, the road from Route 14 to its end in Watkins Glen are included in the project.




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