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Roundabout work will continue through November, return in spring

Messy progress

OBSERVER Photos This week crews have restricted lanes on Route 60 and relocated the street lights as they continue construction on the roundabout.

If you’ve driven in the intersection of Routes 60 and 20 in Fredonia, you know one thing — it’s a mess.

Construction of the roundabout began May 16, but according to Joseph Morrissey, the director of communications with the state Department of Transportation, they had to move certain utility poles, so that’s why the public didn’t see a lot of crews in the road. “Utility relocations have been completed. The contractor is currently installing the new drainage system and will be constructing temporary pavement this year, he wrote in an email.

Because the project is not scheduled to be completed until next year, the traffic signal will remain in place throughout the winter and will not be removed until the work is done. “The scheduled completion date for this project is summer of 2020,” he wrote.

Crews are expected to continue working until November and will return in the spring. No official dates have been announced, since the work is largely dependent on the weather.

The entire project is expected to cost nearly $3.7 million.

OBSERVER Photos This week crews have restricted lanes on Route 60 and relocated the street lights as they continue construction on the roundabout.

The completed project will be a two-lane roundabout and will also include new sidewalks and curb ramps, which comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Raised medians will be constructed near the approaches on Route 60 north and Route 20 east and west to eliminate left-hand turns into oncoming traffic — something the DOT says will curb a high crash rate near the intersection.

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