WATERTOWN, NY — The New York State Department of Transportation is advising motorists that crews are scheduled to begin milling operations in advance of paving on a portion of State Route 12F (Coffeen Street) in the city and town of Watertown, Jefferson County on Tuesday, July 21. Milling work is expected to be completed by close of business, Wednesday, July 22.
Work will begin near the intersection of State Route 12F and Home Depot Plaza in the City of Watertown and will continue along State Route 12F, ending near the entrance to UPS in the Town of Watertown. The milling work will necessitate the closure of the I-81 off ramps at Exit 46 (Coffeen Street) between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. with the ramps reopened to traffic between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Motorists may use off ramps at either Exit 45 (Arsenal Street) or Exit 47 (Bradley Street) during work hours. On ramps to I-81 at Exit 46 (Coffeen Street) will remain open to traffic, but motorists should expect delays due to work activities.
Paving is scheduled to begin in the area of Home Depot Plaza on Monday, July 27 and is expected to be complete by close of business Wednesday, July 29. Paving operations in this area will necessitate the closure of the I-81 off ramps between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. with the ramps reopened to traffic between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. On ramps will remain open to traffic.
Once paving is complete between Home Depot Plaza and the entrance to UPS, crews will continue paving along State Route 12F ending operations at the intersection of State Routes 12F and 180 in the Town of Hounsfield. Paving is expected to be complete by Friday, August 7.
Variable message boards will be deployed prior to the beginning of work activities alerting motorists to the change in traffic pattern. Motorists traveling through the highway work zone should expect lane closures with traffic controlled by flaggers as well as delays.
Motorists are urged to slow down and safely move over when driving through work zones and whenever encountering roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights, including maintenance and construction vehicles in work zones.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.
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