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DOT reminds motorists to stay alert as construction season begins

April 22, 2019 07:24 PM

The New York State Department of Transportation is gearing up for a busy construction season. There are several major projects scheduled for the Capital Region this summer.

Next week from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., DOT says you can expect some ramp closures on Alternate Route 7.

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They say they try to work at times that are safest for everyone involved, but want to stress to drivers that as construction season kicks into high gear, drivers need to use extreme caution.

The price tag for the rehab on Alternate Route 7 is roughly $26 million and will be a two-year project.

The state is also investing $128 million in paving projects to repair road surfaces damaged by harsh winter weather. Those include sections of Route 146 in Albany and Route 29 up in Fulton and Saratoga counties.

Keep in mind if you don't follow construction laws, you will also be investing in the state. Fines for speeding and endangering the welfare of the crews that are out working can range anywhere from $90 to $600 depending on how fast you're going. Fines in work zones are double what they would be anywhere else.

DOT says while they try to do a lot of the work at night. That's not always the case and drivers need to be patient and alert.

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Jacquie Slater

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