Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- If you live near the Route 370 bridge over the Seneca River, your commute is about to get longer.
Work needs to be done on the bridge and traffic will be reduced to one lane in one direction. So all drivers headed west will have to take a nine mile detour.
Westbound drivers will have to go up to Route 57 to get around the bridge work and then come back down to Route 370.
"It's going to be a real troublesome thing,” said Marv Joslyn, who lives right down the road from the Seneca River. “I think it’s going to be a real pain for the people in this area. It’s bad enough here in the morning…I can’t imagine what it will be like when they close a lane.”
The DOT says the 500 foot bridge deck needs to be replaced. Because of the length of the bridge, the concrete needs to be poured, which takes a bit longer. In other recent projects, the DOT has been using concrete slabs.
“The deck has deteriorated to a point where it’s a good idea to replace it now rather than letting it go until it needs more work than just a deck replacement,” said DOT spokesperson Gene Cilento.
Most of the time, one lane of traffic will be open, but only for drivers going eastbound. A temporary light will be in place, so emergency vehicles can get by. But day-to-day, traffic going west will have to go around.
The bridge will be down to one lane for six months. The DOT says it considered alternating east and westbound traffic on that one open lane, but decided against it.
“You get backups in the morning and afternoons that would lead to long delays, especially in the afternoon you get traffic backing up to John Glenn Boulevard, which presents safety problems,” said Cilento.
The DOT says the road work is expected to start in mid-May and could last through November.