Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- A two mile stretch of 690 eastbound is shut down, as the second phase of a major bridge project gets underway.
The highway was officially closed to drivers at around 10 a.m. – an hour later than scheduled – Friday morning.
The three-lane closure stretches from Teall Avenue to Thompson Road, which means drivers heading into the city from the suburbs have been forced onto city streets to get to where they need to go.
The State Department of Transportation (DOT) is trying to keep the project moving and to get it done as quickly as possible, which is why they’re doing it a little differently.
Crews are working to replace a deck on the Peat Street Bridge. To speed up the project, the DOT is bringing in pre-cast concrete panels that will fit together like a jigsaw puzzle and lock into place. This option, they say, is quicker and will take just a few days, rather than if they poured concrete, which could take weeks.
Once the weekend work is done, the DOT will make a few finishing touches.
“The completed bridge deck is a little bit raised up…crews will come back in to grind that down and smooth that out,” explained Gene Cilento, with the DOT.
Last weekend the project was delayed and 690 reopened later than expected on Monday.
According to the DOT, several factors may play a part in any construction project delay – like the weather. Crews will be working through the weekend and doing their best to get the work done on time.
Detour signage is in place helping motorists navigate their way around the closure, however, the DOT strongly encourages motorists to avoid the area near I-690 if possible during the closure periods.
Additional closures are planned for:
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- Friday morning, October 12 to Monday afternoon, October 15: Eastbound I-690 over Crouse Avenue.
- Friday morning, October 19 to Monday afternoon, October 22: Westbound I-690 over Crouse Avenue.