It may be mid-Winter, but crews are going full steam on Phase II of the New York State Fairgrounds revitalization project.
After some site and utility work in December, crews are driving piles in the ground for the foundation of the new Fairgrounds Expo Center.
It will be built alongside of the far end of where the Midway is now setup for the State Fair.
Acting State Fair Director Troy Waffner says, “They’ll be putting foundations in and pouring concrete soon, putting up steel in February and March and getting it all enclosed.”
The new Expo Center will be almost double the size of one of the Fairgrounds largest buildings, the Center of Progress.
“It’s a big space to fill, obviously we’ll have it done before this year’s Fair so we’re going to fill it for this year’s Fair but the big thing going forward the news shows we can attract here.” Waffner tells NewsChannel 9.
The other big piece of Phase II they knew they would have to put on hold this Winter, the Orange Lot.
Crews were up there getting the site prepped right up until it got bitterly cold and snowy in Central New York.
As soon as the asphalt plants open in the Spring work will resume to pave the Orange Lot.
Waffner says, “The beautiful part about this project is you’re taking maybe 5,000 useable spaces on a dry, dry day and turning it into 7,500 paved spaces with striping, an on-ramp to 690 Westbound. DOT has talked about a second phase which will include an on-ramp to 690 Eastbound, the funding hasn’t been identified yet, finally getting rid of that stop light on 690 during the Fair.”
The Orange Lot work will be done in phases with the bigger pieces like the new 690 ramp ready by State Fair 2019.
Paving and parking space striping will be ready this summer.