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By JESSICA BENNETT
The New York State Department of Transportation is gearing up for warmer weather and for construction season in Saratoga County as a number of projects are on its slate.
The DOT is planning to resurface the everyday wear and tear on the I-87 Northway from exit 10 to 13, and then from 13 to 15 as well as Route 50 over I-87 headed towards the Wilton Mall. Since the projects are in the future development stage, biding has not even been opened yet to potential construction crews for the job.
“We open the bids and as many construction companies as want to can bid on the project, we pick one. the lowest bidder,” said Carol Breen NYSDOT Region 1 public information officer. “They usually have subcontractors where they will be responsible for the entire project but for some of the specialized work or smaller work they will hire a paving subcontractor, or experts.”
The biding process for both Northway projects is expected to be in the spring of 2014, while Route 50 is expected to happen sooner, sometime in 2012. While companies can bid on the project, they tend to hire specialists or subcontractors for help. Depending on the project, construction crews will work during the day or at night.
“It’s a project by project basis, it really depends on what impacts are going to be and what type of repair it is. Some repairs you can work on them at night and pave the road so people can drive on it during the day,” said Breen. “If it’s a concrete repair sometimes it takes seven to ten days to completely harden, so in that type of case you would have to close the lane, you wouldn’t be able to open it at night and just work on it during the day.
The projects are being funded by the federal and state government, with DOT ultimately making the call about what projects the money goes into.
“The feds usually give [DOT] a specific amount of money for capital construction projects and then we decide what projects to do when,” said Breen. “The state money, there’s a couple different sources of funding depending on what type of project it is.”
One concern with the projects is not only the traffic, but safety of the motorists and the construction workers.
“In general, we always remind commuters to drive safe; carefully and fully alert when driving through a construction zone because it can be dangerous for our motorists and our workers and in general. We also tell then to call 511 before they travel if they have any questions,” said Breen.
“You can figure out what kind of travel impacts you are going to have on your trip. As soon as a construction project starts we post it on 511 and it will be there for the duration of the project. As traffic incidents happen it updates those too.”
Usually during construction there is a spike in speeding tickets, too.
“We tend to see more tickets when they have construction zones. It all depends on the detail the state police may have cars sitting there,” said Jane Curtiss Malta court clerk. “The state police may assign someone to do that. If it’s just a casual on the road picking it up, they won’t have as many, but if someone is stationed there then we get more.”
Curtiss added: “the fines double in a work zone, so if they do get a speeding ticket in a work zone it could be quite costly.”