Fayetteville detour could back up traffic for 2 months

Closure of part of Route 5 will affect thousands of cars

— In fact, the village reached out to the Manlius Police Department for help with the overflow traffic. Residents have complained that they believe people won’t follow the planned detour and will instead make up their own detour and end up travelling in neighborhoods that don’t usually see much traffic.

Captain Kevin Schafer of the Manlius Police said that they’ll be monitoring the traffic “unofficial detour” locations for the first two weeks to see if there will actually be a problem. And if so, they will come up with a plan to deal with the issues.

“If you live in a neighborhood that is an unofficial detour and the traffic goes from 100 cars a day to 1,000 cars, as long as motorists are following the traffic laws, it’s okay,” said Schafer. “Those aren’t private roads, they’re public roads.”

He said that the police department plans to do everything in its power to make sure that people are following the suggested detour and if they are not, that they’re obeying traffic laws. They’ll be sending officers out during rush hour and peak traffic times with traffic counters just to monitor the traffic.

The culvert project officially began Monday morning and could take up to eight weeks to complete.

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