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April 8, 2016

Oswego County Highway Department Announces Spring and Summer Bridge Work

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Highway Department has scheduled bridge replacement and repair work to be done on three local bridges this spring and summer.

Repair work on the county Route 32 bridge over Shanty Creek, at the intersection of routes 32 and 12 in the hamlet of Mallory, is scheduled for April and May.

The highway department will replace the county Route 12 bridge over Caughdenoy Creek in Hastings this summer. Construction is scheduled to begin in July. The bridge will be replaced with a steel structure.

Also in July, the highway department will begin work on replacing two large culverts over Little Bay Creek on county Route 37 in the town of West Monroe

Legislator Robert Hayes, District 10, Phoenix, chairman of the County Legislature's Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology Committee, said the county highway department and state Department of Transportation identify priority projects every year to be completed during road construction season.

"These projects may be an inconvenience for drivers, but investing in safe highways saves lives and is an important responsibility of Oswego County government," said Legislator Hayes. "I ask that all motorists pay attention to flaggers and work zone signs, and drive carefully through road construction zones."

In addition to Legislator Hayes, members of the Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology Committee include legislators Stephen Walpole, District 14, Oswego, committee vice chairman; John Martino, District 6, Central Square; Jacob Mulcahey, District 15, Oswego; Milferd Potter, District 2, Richland; Marie Schadt, District 19, Oswego Town; and James Weatherup, District 9, Central Square.

Drivers are reminded to follow these construction zone tips from the Federal Highway Administration:

1. In any work zone along any road, major or minor, expect the unexpected. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people and vehicles may be working on or near the road.

2. Diamond-shaped orange warning signs are posted in advance of road construction projects. Slow down, be alert, and pay attention to the signs.

3. In addition to other warning signs, a "flagger ahead" warning sign may be posted in the work zone. When you see this, stay alert and be prepared to obey the flagger's directions. In a work zone, a flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so you can be cited for disobeying his or her directions.

4. Stay calm. Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you. They're necessary to improve the roads for everyone.

5. You may see flashing arrow panels or "lane closed ahead" signs. Merge as soon as possible. Don't zoom right up to the lane closure, then try to barge in - if everyone cooperates, traffic moves more efficiently. Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by moving to the appropriate lane at first notice of an approaching work zone.

6. Slow down when the signs say to. A car traveling 60 mph travels 88 feet per second. If you're going 60 mph, and you pass a sign that states, "Road Work 1,500 feet," you'll be in that work zone in 17 seconds.

7. The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear-end collision, so remember to leave two seconds of braking distance between you and the car in front of you. The amount of space required to provide two seconds of stopping time will increase the faster you're driving.

8. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic barriers, trucks, construction equipment and workers. Just like you, highway workers want to return home safely after each day's work.

9. Some work zones - like line painting, road patching and mowing are mobile, moving down the road as the work is finished. Just because you don't see the workers immediately after you see the warning signs doesn't mean they're not out there. Observe the posted signs until you see the one that states you've left the work zone.

10. Highway agencies use many different and varying ways to inform motorists about the location and duration of major work zones. Often, the agencies will suggest a detour to help you avoid the work zone entirely. Plan ahead, and try an alternate route.

For information on road construction projects on state highways across New York State visit https://www.dot.ny.gov/projects.

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