Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - For at least the next five months, drivers who use the Route 370 bridge over the Seneca River in the Town of Lysander will be forced to use a detour.
New York State Department of Transportation crews began bridge repairs on Monday, but the lane closures did not take effect until Wednesday morning.
Crews will be alternating the lane closures to ease traffic problems – detours will depend on which direction you are headed in and the hour of the day.
The new traffic pattern is as follows:
- The bridge is accommodating one-way eastbound traffic each weekday until 3 p.m. and each week night beginning at approximately 6:15 p.m., as well as 24/7 on weekends. During these hours, westbound drivers will be directed to follow the detour using John Glenn Boulevard, Onondaga County Route 57, State Route 31 and State Route 631.
- One-way westbound traffic is being accommodated each weekday between the hours of 3:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. These are the busiest westbound commuting hours. Eastbound traffic is being directed to use the detour along State Routes 631 and 31, County Route 57 and John Glenn Boulevard.
- The bridge is closed to all traffic each weekday from 3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and again between 6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. so that traffic control devices can be set up to accommodate the new direction of travel. All motorists are being directed to use the detour during these short periods.
- Emergency vehicles are able to use a signal preemption system to travel in any direction needed, at any time of day.
Workers are available to guide traffic when necessary.
The $2.5 million project is expected to continue through the fall.