ONEONTA _ The public hearing on state Department of Transportation improvements to state Routes 23, 28 and Main Street in the city and town of Oneonta is scheduled for Monday.

It will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Oneonta High School cafeteria.

The findings of the project's draft design report will be presented at the meeting, and project impacts will be discussed.

A formal presentation will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal comment session. The hearing had been scheduled for Oct. 28 but was postponed because of snowy weather.

DOT officials said the objective of the project is to improve safety features, reduce congestion and improve capacity on the roadways that include Oneonta's Southside.

There are two options under consideration. One would use signals at intersections; the other would combine the signals and roundabouts.

The roundabout alternative is preferred by DOT, but a final selection will not be made until after the hearing and subsequent comment period. It will be based on a variety of considerations, including comments received at the public hearing, officials said.

Property acquisitions will be necessary for the project and will consist primarily of strips of right-of-way parallel to the roadway. No buildings will be acquired as part of this project, DOT officials said.

The project also proposes pedestrian improvements along the corridor. The project is in its preliminary design phase and the public hearing is required by both state and federal law.

People who cannot attend the meeting but have questions, comments or would like to discuss the project in further detail may call project manager Bill Naylor at 721-8631 or e-mail him at PIN912043@dot.state.ny.us.

Comments may be submitted to NYSDOT Region 9, 44 Hawley St., Binghamton, NY, 13901. Comments must be received by Dec. 29.

Additional information about the project, including a copy of the draft design report, can be obtained online at www.NYSDOT.gov/oneontasouthside.

The draft design report is available for review at the Oneonta town clerk's office in West Oneonta, the Oneonta city clerk's office at City Hall, Huntington Memorial Library on Chestnut Street, James M. Milne Library at the State University College at Oneonta and the Stevens-German Library at Hartwick College.

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