Onondaga County Announces Temporary Road Closure Continuation Due To Sewer Construction

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Projects Part of Onondaga County’s “Save the Rain” Lake Cleanup Program

The Onondaga Department of Water Environment Protection announced today that Grand Avenue will remain closed to through traffic between Cadwell and Lydell Streets until April 29th, 2011 due to construction activities associated with the Harbor Brook Interceptor Sewer Project.  The work was originally scheduled to be complete by March 25, 2011 to allow opening of Grand Avenue; however due to difficult below grade conditions the work will continue through the 30th of April.

The project, a component of Onondaga County’s Save the Rain Program, includes the installation of a new interceptor sewer and associated sanitary and storm sewer connections at the Grand Avenue and Herriman Street intersection.

Grand Avenue traffic will be detoured at Delaware Street and Velasko Road. The detour will use Delaware Street, South Geddes Street, West Onondaga Street, and Velasko Road. Local traffic, including Syracuse City School District buses, will have access to residences and businesses on Grand Avenue and intersecting side streets from either side of the road closure. The closure only affects through traffic between Cadwell and Lydell Streets. CENTRO Route 66 will be unaffected by the closure and buses should run as scheduled, however CENTRO Route 38 will be affected. Riders are asked to consult the CENTRO website at www.centro.org or call the CENTRO bus line at 442-3400 for further information.

Save the Rain is Onondaga County’s program launched by County Executive Joanie Mahoney, to further efforts to cleanup and restore Onondaga Lake. The program includes traditional gray infrastructure projects like the Harbor Brook Interceptor Sewer as well as the deployment of dozens of Green Infrastructure projects throughout the City of Syracuse.

The Harbor Brook Interceptor Sewer Project includes numerous green infrastructure applications and is also supported with stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The project, schedule for completion later this year, is slated to receive up to $12 million in grant funding from the federal stimulus program, $10 million from the conventional gray sewer work and an additional $2 million for green infrastructure.

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