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North-South Arterial Project: Burrstone Road & Lincoln Avenue Realignment

For those who drive along the North-South Arterial in the city of Utica each day, it seems that more and more progress is being made on the Arterial Project.
For those who drive along the North-South Arterial in the city of Utica each day, it seems that more and more progress is being made on the Arterial Project. The Department of Transportation says they've finished most of the demolition phase and now they've moved on to the realignment of Lincoln Avenue and Burrstone Road. In just 2 months, this area will be the cities newest intersection.

"It'll give people some more mobility with the downtown area and we're gonna reconfigure the 2 ramps to the South, so people can still go North and South but it will give them a lot more mobility," says Jim Piccola, State DOT Spokesperson.

The project's main focus is replacing outdated bridges, but the Department of Transportation says other safety measures have been added to the arterial face-lift. This intersection is one, the DOT will also be adding an intersection between Campion Road and Oriskany Boulevard, as well building a pedestrian bridge.

"It's much safer, much easier facility to use. It's gonna give residents of Utica and people traveling through more mobility to get around the city and making it safer," says Piccola.

Most residents say the change is necessary.

"They need to put more street lights and stuff, at least people will slow down, less people will get hit," says Charles Griffin, Utica resident.

"Especially down by Rt. 12 where all those lights are and people crossing the road getting hit, its gonna increase the safety in Utica," says Joseph Foster, Whitesboro resident.

While some residents point to increased safety, other residents say the face-lift comes at a heavy cost.

"The money they're spending on this project could be put to a better use. They had to take down a lot of homes and some of those homes I suppose could have been taken down however, it's just going to disrupt things," says Jean Wolcott, former Utica resident.

Nearly 60 properties including homes and businesses were demolished and some residents were forced to relocate before construction could begin. Still, the DOT says the project has utica's best interest in mind.

"It's gonna make the area much nicer and better for everyone," says Piccola.

"I know I'll be prouder to live in Utica knowing therye making it a safer place," says Griffin.

The DOT says the next step is building the pedestrian bridge on Sunset Avenue in Utica and that's set to begin in the coming weeks.

The DOT also wants to remind motorists traveling on Burrstone Road between York Street and Sunset Avenue to expect substantial increase in construction activity. Drivers may experience delays during peak driving hours and are encouraged to use alternate routes during their morning and evening commutes over the next month.
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