Route eleven. It served the purpose of Interstate 81 before I-81 was. And it is still a major North to South route in New York. But on Monday, part of the road will be closed to repair a culvert, a pipe, at Hart Brook.
Construction is expected to last until the beginning of September. And during that time, all thru traffic will be diverted to either Interstate 81 or local roads. That means just a quarter mile of road will be closed between Spook Hill Road and Michael's Road. But that quarter mile is a big deal for many. Like Behling's produce stand on Route 11.
"We get a lot of just intermittent traffic that I'm afraid we're not going to get, and it could affect the bottom line for a whole month," said Cathy Behling.
The construction is also raising a number of questions. The main one being why such a seemingly small project will take a month to do.
"You have deliveries that have to be made. There's material requirements that have to be met. So we're looking at a month or so - which is not unreasonable," said Michael Flick, Department of Transportation.
A month-long project to repair a culvert that's expected to last another seventy years.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, Watertown, NY