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Two major traffic headaches nearly over; another to begin

If you’re heading down 690 west, the on-ramp to 81 south is closed for bridge repairs and will stay that way until Saturday. Drivers may also run into lane closures on 690 as crews finish up road work there. The good news is: The end is in sight.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- If you’re heading down 690 west, the on-ramp to 81 south is closed for bridge repairs and will stay that way until Saturday. Drivers may also run into lane closures on 690 as crews finish up road work there. The good news is: The end is in sight.

The two major projects – 690 lane closures and the 81 south ramp – should wrap up within a week or so.

As we head into winter, typically we see construction slow down and paving projects come to a halt, but some work will continue through the cold winter months.

“Concrete work can be done; bridge work can be done as long as there are steps taken to allow for winter construction, keeping thing insulated and keeping things heated,” said State Department of Transportation spokesman Gene Cilento.

But then, another big project will start on 481 as crews replace the bridge deck over Kirkville Road. Crews will be using big concrete slabs, just like they did on 690 to complete the work.

The work is all thanks to the New York Works program. The program is an initiative set forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo to boost the economy and get people back to work – and in turn, improve our roadways.

$6.8-million has been spent in Central New York to replace bridge decks on seven different structures.

“With the Governor’s NY Works Program, money was available and hey, we took it,” said Cilento.

And Cilento said we needed it. The DOT says our aging highways are almost 50 years old. So don’t expect the work to slow down any time soon.

“The maintenance-type stuff will continue at the pace it’s going now,” Cilento said.

The 481 project is scheduled to begin later this month. You may remember 690 was closed for three days at a time while the bridge decks were replaced. The project on 481 may take a little longer – at least five days. The DOT says the bridge over Kirkville Road is bigger.
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