FULTON, NY – The New York State Department of Transportation held an open house for the public at Fulton City Hall Wednesday evening (Jan. 6) to bring forth an informal presentation of the proposed resurfacing project to take place on Route 3 this spring.
The project, planned to begin in the spring of this year, is expected to be completed by fall and will cover the length of Route 3 from Lakeview Avenue on the west side of Fulton to the east city line, near Oneida Street.
The open house was organized by the NYSDOT to give the public opportunity to see the overview of the project and ask questions or bring forth concerns to department representatives.
Present at the open house were Fulton city councilmen, county legislators, a representative for Assemblyman Will Barclay and numerous members of the public.
The open house presented preliminary drawings of the entire stretch of road as drawn with the anticipated changes, along with NYSDOT representatives available to answer any questions.
According to Gene Cilento with NYSDOT, the resurfacing project was originally scheduled to be completed in 2017.
However, due to abundant public input from various governing levels and members of the general public, the project had been moved up to this year.
“Besides Route 3 being a nightmare for drivers, it is really an eyesore for the city of Fulton. Anyone new coming in to the city from the north or the east is welcomed by this eyesore,” said County Legislator Frank Castiglia Jr.
Castiglia was one of the many governing officials that took action to bring the resurfacing project to Fulton sooner than originally planned.
According to Cilento with NYSDOT, the project is for the milling and resurfacing of the proposed stretch of road.
This means, “it will be grinding the top surface to remove the asphalt about an inch and a half deep, and then restoring it and making it smooth,” explained Cilento.
Cilento anticipates the project to be day time work, from sun up to sun down beginning in the spring and lasting through to the project’s completion in the fall.
The only area that will not be included in the project is the bridge region which was just recently redone as well.
“We will do our best to eliminate the pot holes. There will be minor curb and sidewalk resurfacing but driveways will remain available and minor interruptions to traffic are expected. We do not anticipate any major impacts,” Cilento added.
In sections of road with four lanes, one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open. In sections of road with two lanes, traffic will be controlled by flaggers.
Additionally, on street parking will only be restricted when work is being performed in or adjacent to parking lanes.
“These plans are all preliminary,” said Cilento. “They are subject to change.”
However, the design is scheduled to be completed by February and the project will go to bid for a contractor in early spring, according to Cilento.
The open house served as an effort to keep the public involved and encouraged participation, also giving time to take concerns into consideration and make any necessary changes.
During the open house, Legislator Castiglia pointed out another area of concern for some Fulton residents.
“I’ve been speaking with Terry Wilbur, with Assemblyman Barclay, tonight in regards to getting money to attempt to make another fix during the resurfacing project in the area from Seventh Street to Holly Drive, to alleviate the flooding that regularly happens there,” said Castiglia.
Ideally, he would like to see how quickly this plan can be set in motion to be completed at the same time work is being done on this area as part of the resurfacing project.
A few community members drew concerns with parking on the west side and NYSDOT representatives were highly responsive, taking note of all concerns and answering the questions of the public.
“The open house was a great idea,” said County Legislator James Karasek. “To have the opportunity to ask questions and get direct answers, to have everyone involved; the people, the press, the department. That’s what the people need and they’re getting direct answers.”
“The open house is good,” added Castiglia. “These representatives are answering these citizens’ questions. They’ve come through this year and we are happy about that. It took a lot of letters and different levels of governing to get this done but that’s what has to happen to get things done. We all need to work together with a common goal.”
Assemblyman Barclay held a similar point of view in his statement, “Tonight’s open house gives the public the opportunity to see what is in store for the upcoming rehabilitation project. This is an important project for the city of Fulton and I’m pleased the DOT listened so residents in Fulton and those who travel through the city can have passable roads sooner rather than later,” said Barclay.
Anyone with questions or concerns regarding the project is asked to contact the Route 3 Project Team at [email protected]