OSWEGO – State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul Karas today (May 9) announced that construction is beginning on a $2.4 million project to repair and resurface 2.5 miles of Route 104 in the city of Oswego.
The work, expected to be completed this fall, ensures continued access to SUNY Oswego, downtown Oswego and the Port of Oswego. The investment complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive strategy to revitalize communities and grow the economy.
“Route 104 is the lifeblood of the city, connecting SUNY with area government offices, restaurants and shops downtown and shopping areas in the eastern suburbs,” Karas said. “The nearby Port of Oswego relies on roads like Route 104 to move goods throughout New York State and the northeast, making it critically important to the regional economy to maintain safe access along this route.”
The project includes removing and replacing the top layer of asphalt on Route 104 within the city’s limits between Johnson Road and East 13th Street.
Joints and cracks will be cut out and repaired, drainage structures will be cleaned and sidewalk curb ramps will be installed, as will new pavement markings.
The bridge carrying Route 104 over the Oswego River, which had its deck replaced a few years ago, will not be included in this resurfacing work.
In keeping with Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First program, project plans prioritize the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays during construction. Traffic will be maintained on site by flaggers. One lane in each direction will always be available. Access to driveways will be maintained except for short duration interruptions due to pavement operations.
Daily lane closures will not be allowed during the following events:
SUNY Oswego Commencement (May 11-12);
Independence Day Parade (June 30 and July 1);
Harborfest (July 26-29);
SUNY Oswego Move-In Days (August 23-26); and
Super DIRT Week (October 1-7).
Mayor Billy Barlow said, “State Route 104 is a major corridor and main thoroughfare through the city of Oswego and I very much appreciate the work being done this summer by NYSDOT as they re-pave through the city of Oswego. Governor Cuomo’s commitment to a well maintained and quality infrastructure is vital to any growing community and re-paving State Route 104 will only add to the momentum and progress being made in the city of Oswego.”
Senator Patty Ritchie said, “State Route 104 in Oswego is one of the most traveled roadways in all of Oswego County. Not only does it help motorists get where they need to go, the roadway is also vitally important to our region’s economy and key industries, namely agriculture and tourism. It is critical to both the safety and efficiency of travelers and businesses that State Route 104 is in the best condition possible and I look forward to these improvements being completed.”
Assemblyman Will Barclay said, “I am happy to see much-needed investments being made to State Route 104 in the city of Oswego. These improvements will address the deterioration motorists have been concerned about for some time. The work will also complement other streetscape improvements planned in Oswego and assist in city’s ongoing economic revitalization efforts. I’d like to thank the State Department of Transportation for making this project a priority this year.”
Shane Broadwell, chairman of the Oswego County Legislature, said, “NYS Route 104 is a significant transportation corridor through the heart of Oswego County and serving the very diverse needs of our various transportation customers in a safe and efficient manner is a high priority for us. We are excited about the improvements being proposed through the city of Oswego and having watched with interest over the course of the last decade, New York State’s Department of Transportation as they managed two major improvement projects, one east and one west of this new initiative, I feel confident that we will be pleased with the results.”
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in work zones. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
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