Work Planned for Route 96 in Village and Town of Owego, and Route 17C in Town of Owego, Tioga County

New York, NY – April 16, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. regarding planned construction projects in 2015 for the Village of Owego and Town of Owego, Tioga County. The meeting will be held at Tioga Opportunities, Inc, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard, Owego. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. with a presentation to be given at 6:30 p.m.

NYSDOT is planning a number of projects for the Owego area to be constructed in 2015 that will effect traffic. A pavement improvement project on Route 96 from Brown’s Lane in the Village of Owego to south of the Route 38 intersection in the Town of Owego is scheduled to begin in July and conclude in October. The paving project will reduce the road to one lane with alternating traffic controlled by flag personnel during the work day. The highway will be reopened to two lanes at the end of each work day.

A second project is planned for Route 96 under the Norfolk Southern Railroad viaduct, between Fox Street and East Avenue/West Avenue in the Village of Owego, beginning in August with completion scheduled in November. This project will lower the pavement under the railroad to increase clearance to the standard height. Due to the high volume of traffic in this area, work will be done between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. During night-time operations, traffic will be reduced to one lane, with alternating traffic controlled by flag personnel. The roadway will be opening to two lanes of traffic during the day.

In addition to these projects, NYSDOT will be making changes to the pavement markings at Route 96 and Main Street in the Village of Owego to improve mobility for large vehicles through the intersection. This work will occur in the Spring and is dependent on weather and the availability of the Regional Pavement Marking Crew. The markings will take about a day to complete, and will require short term shoulder and lane closures. Flag personnel will direct traffic.

A project is also planned to upgrade pedestrian signals at various locations. At Route 96 in the Village, pedestrian signal upgrades on Route 96 are planned for the intersections at Temple Street, East Avenue/West Avenue and Talcott Street. On Route 17C in the Town, upgraded pedestrian signals will be placed at the driveway to TOPS Plaza/Treadway Inn and at Hickories Park Road. At Route 96 and Fox Street in the Village, the overhead traffic signals will be replaced, in addition to theupgraded pedestrian signals. The existing span-wire configuration will be replaced with a mast-arm signal pole, similar to the new signals at the intersection of Route 96 (Court Street) and Main Street.

Individuals with questions or comments may contact the Regional Public Involvement Supervisor, Katy Mangan, by telephone at (607) 721-8254; by mail at 44 Hawley Street, 14th floor, Binghamton, NY 13901; or by email at Kathryn.Mangan (at) dot.ny (dot) gov.

Contact: Dave Hamburg, (607) 721-8118