The detour would only be set up after school let out for the year, so it would not affect school buses, and would use county roads, like nearby Vinegar Hill Road, rather than town roads, he said.
Residents raised concerns about having the road completely closed because it would limit vehicle or pedestrian access to the post office, cause increased traffic to go down town roads and could be a problem for emergency vehicles from the Mottville Fire Department.
Several residents also raised concerns about pollution in the soil from nearby Stauffer Chemical Company plant, being released during construction.
The county representatives said that they have already started testing the soil near the bridge and will work with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct testing, and properly remove hazardous materials, if necessary.
The area has the subject of a cleanup effort led by the town government in recent years due to pollution from the Stauffer plant in the past. Town supervisor Terri Roney was present at the meeting and spoke to echo concerns about pollution.
“This has been an incredibly active site for 20 years and we are hoping it comes to a closure next year,” Roney said. She also suggested that the results of the soil tests be sent to the town so that they can be shared with the public.
Hood also said that they may do additional testing before and during the project due to the high level of concern shown by residents at the hearing.
Any additional comments or concerns about the project can be mailed to the Onondaga County Department of Transportation before April 9 at 421 Montgomery Street, 11th floor, Syracuse, N.Y. 13202, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He is the editor of the Skaneateles Press.