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Ogdensburg motorists face no parking zones as State Street repaved

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OGDENSBURG - Motorists can expect delays and extended no parking zones along a sizeable section of State Street this week as the state Department of Transportation undertakes a major repaving project through part of the city.

State DOT crews will rebuild and repave a section of State Street, which is part of State Route 68, from near its junction with Route 37 to Washington Street, according to Scott A. Thornhill, director of Ogdensburg’s Department of Public Works. Mr. Thornhill said when completed the project will cover approximately 1.5 miles of State Street.

“It should be very nice when they get it done,” Mr. Thornhill said.

The project to refurbish State Street will involve two phases, according to DOT officials. The first stage will begin Wednesday as DOT crews begin grinding up the existing asphalt and laying down a new road base. The preparation work is expected to be completed by Sept. 4.

Residents are being asked to not park on State Street in the construction zone between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., according to Mr. Thornhill.

Mr. Thornhill said DOT crews will use a method called “hot in place recycling” to lay down the new road base, before a fresh coat of asphalt is put down between Sept. 10 and 15. He said the process will involve three large pieces of equipment following closely behind each other, and that will use to chew up the road surface, reconstitute it, and then lay it back down to form a new base.

“They take up the existing asphalt, remix it with additional oils and put it right back down,” Mr. Thornhill said,

Mr. Thornhill said its important that residents obey the no parking restrictions that will be put in place beginning Tuesday, because the width of State Street in some areas means the DOT equipment being used will have to make more than one pass to grind up and lay down a new base. If vehicles and trucks are parked at curb side, he said the equipment won’t be able to make it through.

He said flag personnel will be guiding traffic through the work zone, but that motorists may still experience delays. Mr. Thornhill said the no parking zones will be strictly enforced, but that city officials would try their best to avoid handing out tickets to violators.

“It’s our policy to always try to reach out to people before we ticket,” Mr. Thornhill said.

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