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The DOT's Response To Arterial Frustration

The sixty five million dollar arterial project is in mid swing. The DOT is looking at the long term benefits of the project. The people of west Utica, they're dealing with the headaches of construction.

The sixty five million dollar arterial project is in mid swing.

The DOT is looking at the long term benefits of the project.

The people of west Utica, they're dealing with the headaches of construction.

"The noise pollution is unbearable.  Sometimes you think you're sitting on a tarmac," said west Utica resident Barbara Mickler.

They also think the dust of the construction is causing major negative effects on the community.

"All the lives that are being disrupted all the how the quality of their life is diminished," said Mickler.

Complaints from the neighborhood also include flooding of basements due to construction affecting pipes and sidewalks being torn up around their homes.

 "It's been nothing but chaos when I was never going to be inconvenienced," said west Utica resident Renee Dye.

Behind me and to the left is where the arterial construction is taking place. That is causing the headaches for the people of west Utica. The DOT is asking for two more years of patience.

"I know its long process and it’s a very long project.  and again, we are asking them to be patient with us," said Department Of Transportation spokesman Jim Piccola.

"A lot of thing can happen in two years.  We’ve been over here for like five years now they're saying to be patient. How much patient are you supposed to be?” said west Utica resident Kenneth Johnson.

The DOT is asking them to on the bright side of what it’s going to be in the end.

"Multi-use trail, the frontage road, the landscaping, the privacy fences and I know its two years away, but when this is completed I think they're going to see a big change in that area," said Piccola.

From the people that I talked to in the community they're not angry about the project itself.

They're frustrated with the process, which does not seem to be getting better any time soon.

The DOT says to call them if anyone in the community is having any problems with the construction.   

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