DOT changes Route 370 traffic plan for upcoming construction project

The State Department of Transportation is changing the traffic pattern during construction on the bridge that carries Route 370 over the Seneca River between Salina and Lysander.

It's a big victory for neighbors and businesses in the Lysander area who had been petitioning against the orginial traffic plan when construction starts in June.

The state was initially going going to close the bridge to westbound traffic from June through the fall. Neighbors were worried they wouldn't be able to get to their homes and business owners were worried their businesses would suffer. Now the state is compromising with neighbors and businesses after petitions were sent around against the plan.

â??Allowing bridge access to both eastbound and westbound drivers will ensure that commuters can get to and from work without excessive traffic backups and is a smart compromise for motorists,â?? NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald said. â??Working with the community we have ensured that the new concrete bridge deck can be built safely and efficiently, while still meeting the needs of area residents and business owners.â??

The change will allow the westbound travelers to use the bridge during the busiest hours of the afternoon commute.

The new traffic pattern is as follows -

- The bridge will accommodate one-way eastbound traffic each weekday until 3 p.m. and each week night beginning at approximately 6:15 p.m., as well as 24/7 on weekends. During these hours, westbound drivers will be directed to follow the detour using John Glenn Boulevard, Onondaga County Route 57, State Route 31 and State Route 631.

- One-way westbound traffic will be accommodated each weekday between the hours of 3:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. These are the busiest westbound commuting hours. Eastbound traffic will be directed to use the detour along State Routes 631 and 31, County Route 57 and John Glenn Boulevard.

- The bridge will be closed to all traffic each weekday from 3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and again between 6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. so that traffic control devices can be set up to accommodate the new direction of travel. All motorists will be directed to use the detour during these short periods.

- Emergency vehicles will be able to use a signal pre-emption system to travel in any direction needed, at any time of day.