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Posted on: September 12, 2018

Construction Update: West Martin Luther King Jr./ State Street Corridor Enhancements

Construction Update

PROJECT NAME: West Martin Luther King Jr. Street Corridor Enhancements

PROJECT LOCATION: West MLK Jr/State Street (Rt 79), between Floral Avenue (Rt 13A) and Taughannock Blvd.

PROJECT START DATE: Monday, June 25, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  The project will widen the south sidewalk, install a new traffic signal at the Floral Avenue intersection, install a new signalized mid-block pedestrian crossing and re-aligns the intersections of West Seneca and Brindley Streets along the West MLK, Jr. (West State) Street corridor between Floral Avenue and Taughannock Boulevard.  The project includes milling and resurfacing the existing pavement, installation of bike lanes, curbing, sidewalk, and drainage improvements, and landscaping enhancements and new pavement markings.


NEW: Milling and paving operations are scheduled to begin this Monday, September 17, 2018, and continue for approximately 4 business days, depending on the weather. Flaggers will be used to maintain traffic, but people driving or biking should expect significant delays during paving and should choose alternate routes. The sidewalks are finished and are open for people walking.

After the final paving course is placed, pavement markings will be applied. Though the traffic disruption will be less than paving, there will be some delays related to the pavement markings. Again, flaggers will be used as necessary to maintain traffic.

Another construction activity that is scheduled for after paving is related to replacing conduit for the street lights on the south side of the bridge. Though this will have little impact on the street, it will require closing the sidewalk on the south side of the bridge. During this three day operation, people walking across the bridge will need to use the sidewalk on the north side.

All-way stop signs have been posted at the intersection of Rt 79 (W. MLK Jr./State/Hector Streets) and Rt 13A (Floral Avenue). The all-way stop signs will remain in place during construction until the proposed traffic signal is installed and fully functional. Due to manufacturer delays, it is currently expected that the traffic signal poles will be available for installation in late November. The signals would then be installed in the first two weeks of December.

DETOURS IN PLACE: No lane closures require detours. The only detour that will be posted is for pedestrians to use the north side of the street while the south sidewalk is closed to repair the street lighting.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS: There is no parking currently allowed in the corridor. No change.

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: October 25, 2018, except for traffic signal installation which will likely be completed by December 15, 2018.
PLEASE NOTE: Construction, by nature, is subject to constant change, inclement weather, and unexpected findings.

For additional information please contact Tim Logue, Director of Engineering, Department of Public Works (607) 274-6535

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