SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Construction work on I-690 will now begin on Tuesday, May 9th as part of a $65 million reconstruction project.
The work was scheduled to start on Monday, but a flashing sign on the road reflects the change.
The construction will take place at the 690 intersection with Teall Avenue and Beech Street in the City of Syracuse.
The two-year project will improve access to the interstate, ease traffic congestion and enhance traffic safety and capacity.
Early on in the project, a lot of the work will be done overnight, but the highway will still be cut down to two lanes in both directions.
The Teall-Beech project will replace the single-span bridge over Teall Avenue. The 15 span Beech Street viaduct will also be replaced with a single new span over Beech Street and a new highway section on an embankment supported by retaining walls. Construction crews will utilize a unique method of soil stabilization that will compress the soil and minimize excavation.
This area of Teall Avenue and Beech Street will be reconstructed, as will the I-690 interchange with Teall Avenue, to improve traffic movement and reduce congestion, especially during the morning and afternoon rush hours. The work will include utility upgrades as well.
During construction, traffic on I-690 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction, using on-site crossovers.
During this year's work in the westbound direction, the westbound off- and on-ramps will be closed to all traffic.
In 2018, when eastbound work will be taking place, the off- and on-ramps will be closed. During the winter of 2017-2018, the crossover pattern will not be in effect and all ramps will be open.
Traffic is slated to be driving on the new bridges by the end of 2018, with the final paving work taking place in the spring of 2019.
Beginning in June, the westbound on and off-ramps to the Teall Avenue exit will be closed to all traffic.
Then next year, the eastbound on and off-ramps to the Teall Avenue exit will be closed.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in work zones. A conviction of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of a driver's license.
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