Fayetteville detour could back up traffic for 2 months

Closure of part of Route 5 will affect thousands of cars

— If you try to travel east toward Chittenango on Route 5 from the village of Fayetteville this summer, you may find that it will take a little longer than usual. The New York State Department of Transportation is replacing a culvert pipe that runs Bishop’s Brook under Route 5 between Shady Lane and Cashin Drive and will close down a section of the road starting Monday, June 17.

So anyone travelling east will be detoured to Route 257 (F-M Road) and then onto Route 290 (Green Lakes Road) and will be able to re-enter Route 5 from there. Those travelling west will follow 290 to Manlius Center Road, to Bridge Street and then be instructed to get on 690 East to 481 South and to take the exit for Route 5.

“It’s a state project, so they have to use state roads for the detour,” explained Fayetteville village clerk Lori Corsette.

Route 5 will be blocked off completely between Shady Lane and Signal Hill Road. Even residents who live in the Shady Lane neighborhood will not be able to exit onto Route 5 – they’ll have to take Cashin Drive.

Corsette said the village has prepared the best it can for the potential backup and is expecting residents to cut through neighborhoods to avoid the intersection in the middle of the village, where 257 intersects with Route 5 and Salt Springs Road. She said the village anticipates many residents to use Duguid Lane to cut over to Salt Springs Road to avoid traffic.

“We don’t really know what to expect – we do think it’s going to cause some traffic backups at the intersection for sure,” she said. “I don’t know if people will start using the actual detour because they’ll realize it’s moving faster or not. We’re trying to make every effort we can in a project that’s not a village project to help the motorists. It’s hard, but we’re trying to foresee all the ‘for instances.’”

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