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Canastota: Water lines going in

Residents will have to find another local route if they want to avoid construction. A project that was supposed to be completed earlier this summer is scheduled to begin Sept. 8 and take about six weeks to complete.

The Onondaga County Water Authority has contracted water line replacement of Peterboro Street from Route 5 to the underpass by the skateboard park.

A meeting took place yesterday at village hall between Carpenter and members of OCWA and the state Department of Transportation "to make sure residents in the village are disrupted as little as possible," Carpenter said. He said the DOT was present to make sure the work was done properly and traffic was controlled.

"We've asked OCWA to put up lighted signs as soon as possible," Carpenter said. "They are going to place one on the Thruway, one on Peterboro Street and one on Route 5 giving advanced warning."

Large trucks will be diverted from going through the village. Carpenter said there will be signs erected on the Thruway asking trucks heading east to get off at the Vernon exit. Plans on how to divert trucks heading west have not been finalized, Carpenter said.

The village has coordinated a plan with the fire department and Carpenter said he's been in contact with school district transportation coordinator Carl Judd on how to handle busing.

Carpenter said the original plan was to divert all traffic but the village didn't want to do that because they felt village streets couldn't handle all the extra traffic.

The DOT's latest assessment of traffic traveling on Route 13 is about 13,000 vehicles a day.

"We are very pleased with the contractor," Carpenter said. "They are taking on additional expenses to minimize the problems."

Carpenter said D.E. Taiolli, contractor for the job will dig up the street block by block instead of the entire stretch, which is what is normally done. They will repair the line on the west side of the street, cover it with blacktop and then move to the next block. A pressure test will be done and if all goes well, they will go back, dig up the street again, hook in the residents, recover the street and finish it off with a coat of blacktop.

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