UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The New York State Department of Transportation announced on Thursday, March 30 that work is underway on the North-South Arterial in Utica.

The $5.6 million project will replace bridge joints along the Arterial, as well as make other repairs to the concrete substructures, as well as the medians. New lighting will also be added underneath the bridge above French Road in New Hartford, and improvements to the sidewalks along French Road will also be made.

Preliminary work is estimated to end in April. Full construction work will begin in May.  

The DOT warned motorists that this will affect traffic along the Arterial. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction. The on-ramps from French Road to the Arterial will also be closed in both directions, and traffic will also detoured from French Road to Burrstone Road in Utica. Motorists are also urged by the Department to slow down, as fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.

The Department has said all construction work on this project is expected to be complete by Thursday, November 30.