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Prospect Mountain Construction Continues

If you've spent the past year dodging detours at the Prospect Mountain construction site, you may soon have a lot less to worry about. "

Currently we sit at 83% complete with the project and the majority of the work that remains resulting in 2015 will be related to concrete bridge decks and concrete pavents and a lot of other ancillary work," said Jack Williams, the Region 9 Director of the New York State Dot.

And phase two will begin early next year. This phase will feature the reconfiguring of the interchange where routes 7, 17 and i-81 converge. It will also improve surrounding streets which have been effected by construction.

"We'll be reconstructing Chenango Street, Prospect Street, Mygatt Street, and we will be reworking the exit 5 location with turn lanes," said Williams.

This project has been going on for three years and one of the exits that has stayed closed is exit 4, but once parts of phase one are done and completed, the exit will be re-open which will create better traffic flow in and out of the city.

"So what essentially will be happening in 2015, will not be the need to totally shift traffic out of the work zone but in other words, we'll be shifting it from other parts from side to side and depending on where we need to work," said Williams.

Commuters have altered their travel plans around prospect mountain and public safety officers are praising their efforts.

"People have adjusted to the work zones. They are finding alternative routes to get around construction and they know they need to start out a little ahead of time for wherever they are going," said Broome County Sheriff Dave Harder.

Phase one should be complete by December of 2015. Phase two is expected to last three to four more construction seasons.