WHITESTOWN, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Judd Road Bridge in Whitestown will be closed to traffic starting this Monday, May 9th for a $5.2 million bridge replacement project.

The structure which has reached the end of its lifespan will be upgraded with an increase in vertical clearance and the approaches on each end will be reconstructed.

The detour, which will be clearly marked, is directing motorists to Halsey or Stone roads, route 233, and the route 233 bridge to Sutliff Road, which will return to Judd road. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol says to plan ahead as this will add time to your commute.

“When they leave for work they’re going to want to leave at least 15 minutes earlier than they had planned for. It’s a big detour just because we’re in the part of the county where there’s not a lot of side streets,” said Sheriff Maciol.

Maciol explains the Sheriff’s Office is concerned about the impact construction will have on response time to units heading to the southern part of the county.

“So, we are going to have to change our practices a little bit obviously we will be well aware of the detours. also the local fire departments and the local ambulance services they do have some concerns that they have to plan for too because again when that medical emergency comes in or that burglary in progress minutes in many cases seconds are critical to getting somewhere as quick as possible,” said Sheriff Maciol.

The new, modern bridge is expected to reopen in fall 2022.