Floyd Ave. businesses to remain open despite detours

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Construction to rehabilitate the Floyd Avenue bridge over the Mohawk River near the Mohawk Valley Community College campus will start Monday, but city officials want residents to know that businesses will remain open despite a detour to start April 1.

For those who work on, or travel through, the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, the morning and evening commute may be a little bit longer as work to re-deck the Floyd Avenue bridge will likely continue until at least late October.

Last week, city officials outlined detours around the construction project. The current two-lane bridge that spans the Mohawk River – near the MVCC Rome campus and the adjacent Mohawk River Trail — was constructed in 1987. Over the better part of the past two decades, city crews have been patching potholes on the structure, trying to keep the nearly 150-foot long, 44-foot wide span serviceable.

When work begins, it will take the bridge off-line, city officials said, necessitating detours for those who live or travel on the busy street. The detour around the construction area is to be set by Thursday, April 1. According to Joseph G. Giuliano, engineer II for the City of Rome:

The truck route detour around the project for northbound rigs will be approximately 3.9 miles and run from Floyd Avenue to Black River Boulevard, to East Chestnut Street, to Mohawk Drive and then back onto Floyd Avenue.

If northbound, the 2.25 mile commuter detour will take motorists onto local streets, from Oakwood to Harding Boulevard, then around to Sixth Street,
Culverton Road and then onto Park Drive before re-entering Floyd Avenue.

Guiliano said businesses, institutions and housing complexes along Floyd Avenue will still be open despite the detour during the duration of the project. Those businesses are: Rome Pre-Owned Auto, Colonial Park Nursing Center, MVCC, Park Drive Manor, Day & Reed Insurance Services, Tri-County Medical, A&L Self Storage, Grande’s Pizzeria, Bremer Hearing & Audiology, CK Kaplan Real Estate, North Point Defense, El Jarocho Mexican Restaurant, Eye Care Center of Rome, Acchino Auto Body, CPJ’s Restaurant, Rome Mini Market & Deli, Nunn’s Medical Center, Stewart’s Shops and Hampton Inn.

“The City of Rome will also be installing signs at the detour start points conveying this information to the public,” said Guiliano.

Repairs are included in the state’s BRIDGENY 2018 project, with the city being approved for $1.47 million in funding. The Floyd Avenue bridge was one of three in Rome slated to receive nearly $4 million in state funding through a program to renew and modernize bridges across New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced back in November 2018.

In addition the Floyd Avenue bridge, a bridge over Wood Creek on Seifert Road in the city’s outside district will get $1.868 million and the overpass on Dewey Road atop a Wheeler Creek tributary will get $594,000. The mayor noted then that three out of four bridge projects in the city had been approved for BRIDGENY funding, while a fourth on Merrick Road crossing Wood Creek was not. The projects in Rome were the only bridges in Oneida County to get the funding.

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