Earlier this week, Time Warner Cable News gave commuters a look ahead at a major construction project that's going to clog up traffic in Syracuse by the end of next week. And Thursday, the Department of Transportation explained their thinking behind the closure of 690 East.
Starting June 13 at 9 a.m., 690 eastbound will be closed to all traffic between exit 11 for West Street and the ramp from 81 south to 690 east.
The entrance ramps from Geddes Street and West Street to 690 east will also be closed. The project is scheduled to last 13 days, from June 13 to 26.
The DOT said if they chose to leave one lane open during the bridge deck replacement, it would have interrupted traffic all summer long.
"By the time it takes to cure, and by the time you do the other lane you have four to five months of elapsed time where you have one lane in operation at all times. This way, you're looking at doing it within two weeks. So yes, there's going to be major disruptions, but they're going to be relatively short-term," said Gene Cilento, NYS DOT public information officer.
As a result of the closures, the DOT says all of the following roads could experience delays:
I-690 east approaching Syracuse, NY-695 north, I-81 south approaching Syracuse, I-81/I-690 interchange and side streets near exits 8 through 12 of I-690 east.
Detour routes will be posted, but the DOT said if you are coming from the west, your best bet is to take the Thruway to exit 34A, then use 481 south to get to 690 west, and that will take you into downtown.