Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new Drivers First initiative directs the DOT to emphasize motorist convenience, the DOT letter said.
Kelly Zack-Decker, senior assistant to the president at Hartwick College, said the college supports the project but wanted to be sure that the DOT was aware of higher traffic volumes in May.
Hartwick College’s graduation is set for May 25, Zack-Decker said, and a student scholarship showcase the weekend of May 10 and 11 attracts parents, alumni and the college’s trustees, who will be meeting at the campus. Visitors also spend time at hotels and restaurants, she said.
At the State University College at Oneonta, graduation is set for May 18.
“The month of May is a very busy one,’’ Zack-Decker said.
SUNY Oneonta spokesman Hal Legg said the college didn’t have a comment about the project.
Hamburg said bids were due last week and will be reviewed in weeks ahead, with the award going to the lowest, responsible bidder.
Construction can start no earlier than May 6, Hamburg said, and could start as late as June 3, but work must be completed by Aug. 28. The project is expected to last about 45 days, officials said.
In December 2008, DOT officials said budget constraints, the flood of 2006 and repairs to a slope on Route 23 added up to delays for any reconstruction project for at least seven years. In 2008, the reconstruction project was estimated to cost about $15 million, and that year, the DOT said funds wouldn’t be available for a reconstruction project until at least 2015.
The state’s highways on Southside Oneonta run parallel to Interstate 88, and motorists can leave I-88 at exits 14 and 15 to access state routes 28 or 23.