Transportation council seeks input on reducing truck impacts on Public Square in Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY – The Watertown-Jefferson County Transportation Council (“WJCTC”) is seeking input on draft alternatives for enhancing truck routing through the city of Watertown. Community members can view and comment on proposed changes at

“The current configuration of designated truck routes between I-81 and Public Square in Watertown contributes to traffic congestion and bottlenecks and poses potential safety issues for other vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians,” said Geoff Urda, Planner with WJCTC.

WJCTC has developed proposed truck route improvements to better meet the community’s transportation, economic development, and quality of life needs in Watertown’s center. Signage changes to improve navigation on New York State Route 12 and U.S. Route 11 through the heart of Watertown are also under consideration.

WJCTC, the area’s designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, initiated the study of truck routes last winter. To date, the project team, led by WSP and Barton & Loguidice, has undertaken technical analysis of existing and potential truck routes as well as reached out to key stakeholders including freight and logistics companies and the Watertown Downtown Business Association. The study is scheduled to be completed by mid-2022.

“Public Square is becoming more welcoming for pedestrians, bicyclists, and community events, and it’s becoming more than just a transportation corridor,” said Urda. “With this study we want to see how we can support that transition to a livable, active downtown and enhance the efficient movement of goods that truck freight provides for our local economy.”

Community members interested in the project are encouraged to review and offer comment on the draft report available on the WJCTC website during the 30-day public comment period which concludes at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7th.