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      Part of Onondaga Creekwalk closes Tuesday, getting ready for road construction

      Syracuse's Creekwalk will have a detour starting Tuesday, to allow for construction on bridges over the waterside walk north of Armory Square.

      Construction crews were posting the detour signs on Monday. Instead of walking along Onondaga Creek between West Genesee Street and Franklin Square, pedestrians and bicyclists will walk on North Franklin Street, past the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and into Franklin Square, to rejoin the walk near the old Roman's Steak House. The detour will last until October.

      It's being done, so that bridges over the creek can be repaired. That part of the project starts on Monday, April 1st. There are already advisory signs on West Street, west of Armory Square: Phase One will include closing the right lane of West, over Genesee Street. That will mean the exit to 690 East and Herald Place will be closed, til Mid-May (The detour, 690 westbound to Geddes Street to get onto 690 East.)

      Midday walkers told us they were surprised at the length of the closure--six months--and were already looking for alternatives to get to Armory Square businesses, or to new exercise routes.The homeless who live under the bridges is another concern: Syracuse Police moved through the Creekwalk camps on Monday, offering residents alternative services and lodging. The residents were also informed that camps and debri would be cleaned up, and that anything they wished to safeguard should be removed.

      The downtown Syracuse construction is only one project getting underway: Crews were also out in DeWitt along 481 Northbound, headed toward the Thruway just past the 690 split. The bridge there is also being repaired: it will be down to one lane until May.