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March 25, 2013

DOT prepares for Southside paving

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No drainage, guard rail, sidewalk or sign work is planned with this project, DOT officials said.

Oneonta Town Supervisor Robert Wood welcomed the project because the roads are in “bad shape.’’

The project will run along state Route 23 from near the entrance to the Lantern Hill Mobile Home Park near Walmart to state Route 28 and along that highway to county Road 48, DOT officials said. Paving will be done on lower Main Street between Route 28 to state Route 7, which is the intersection of Chestnut and Main streets in the city of Oneonta.

“This is progress — this is something that really needs to be done,’’ Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller said.

City Manager Michael Long has met with DOT officials and will continue to address any concerns about accommodating traffic, Miller said.

“The DOT paves roads all the time,’’ Miller said.

Hamburg said plans for construction on the Main Street section are to have crews working at night to avoid heavy traffic between 8 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. DOT officials will meet with contractors in pre-construction meetings to discuss other ways to accommodate concerns, he said. 

Work zone traffic control for the Southside project will maintain two-way traffic and will include short-term, alternating lane closures with flag personnel directing traffic, the DOT letter said.

The Southside retail stripe includes Southside Mall, Hannaford grocery store and plaza, Home Depot, McDonald’s and Wendy’s restaurants, the Neptune Diner and Walmart, among many other businesses. No businesses were included on the DOT distribution list for the letter about the project. 

“It’s a great thing that they’re going to come through and restore the road,’’ Luisa Montanti, mall manager at Southside Mall on Route 23, said Thursday. Summertime is a busy time for Southside and is important to the local tourism industry, which raises concerns about when and how the project would be done, said Montanti, who also voiced confidence in how DOT would plan the project and monitor traffic. 

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