By REBECCA WEBSTER
Recorder News Staff
The traffic work in the city of Amsterdam, originally scheduled to be completed by the end of November, will likely be completed next season.
According to James Piccola, public information officer for the New York State Department of Transportation, "technical issues" are forcing the project to likely be extended into 2013.
Those technical issues deal with the anticipated signal poles, he said.
"It looks like we're running a little bit behind there," he said, but added they hope to get those signal poles in over the next couple of months.
The project has included a plethora of work happening all across downtown Amsterdam.
The project, Piccola said, includes accommodating two-way traffic on the segment of westbound Route 5 between Liberty Street and West Main Street and on the segment of northbound Route 30/Route 67 between East Main Street and Route 5 westbound.
But it also includes upgrades or replacements of seven traffic signals within the downtown area in order to bring them up to current standards.
According to Piccola, the traffic signal at the East Main Street and Market Street intersection will be replaced with all-way stop control.
And pedestrian accommodations will be improved where necessary, he said.
Piccola added that the three existing pre-timed traffic signals located north of the downtown area on Route 30 will be replaced with fully-actuated signals, and one will include intersection alignment modification.
The construction work being done on many sidewalk corners in the downtown area is due to the signal and pedestrian changes.
"They have the put the foundations in for the new signals," Piccola said, adding that in talking to the engineer in charge, putting new signals in where old signals are makes the job incredibly tight.
And the construction crews have to deal with underground work around electric, phone, gas, water and sewer lines.
"At each location, it's very intense," he said. "It's a very, very tough job for the contractor and his subs because of everything being so tight."
Piccola said they hope to complete the majority of the underground work that needs to be done by the first of the year, and the contractor will continue to work through that time to gets things completed.
The paving portion of the project will likely not happen until 2013, he added, saying that the Route 30 paving residents have seen this week is part of a separate NY Works project.