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Businesses agree with Factory Street reconstruction

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Businesses agree with Factory Street reconstruction
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Construction season is not always easy for travelers or businesses, but some people in the North Country agree that next year's work on a busy Watertown street will be a good thing. YNN's Carmella Mataloni spoke with business owners looking forward to Factory Street's repairs.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Whether you're walking or driving down Factory Street in Watertown, you can see that the road and sidewalks need an upgrade.

Next year, construction will become a reality. Repairs will include Huntington Street and Mill Street as well.

"A lot of people travel it every day and a lot of businesses there and it is a very important corridor that connects ultimately to Fort Drum so we are excited that it is going to be rebuilt next year," said Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham.

The project is receiving state and federal funding. City engineers met with members of the city council Monday night to discuss the preliminary design. It will include work to roads, sidewalks and underground infrastructures like water and sewer lines. Construction will be done in two phases with detours on Factory Street in alternating directions.

"Obviously construction has its impediments it creates for some people, but the contractors always work extra hard to accommodate the businesses," said Mayor Graham.

Businesses along Factory Street say they aren't too concerned about what construction will do to their open hours, mainly because they know the streets and sidewalks need the work, but hope it will be done in a timely manner.

"I just think it is going to benefit us. We will have new sidewalks and things like that, so I just think it will be a good thing for the community," said Starr Galloway, Lost Treasures owner.

"I don't think it will hinder what we are doing, at least we don't expect it to. We are pretty positive about it. It's going to help it and I think it is going to be an asset to the city," said Angela Niger, First Round employee.

Public hearings will be held before construction begins. City engineers are waiting for final approval from the DOT. They expect work to begin by March of next year.

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