Factory Street project slated to start on March 7

WATERTOWN — The $11.9 million Factory Street reconstruction project is tentatively starting up again on March 7, depending on the weather.

Work along the half-mile project was expected to resume during the first week of March, but some dicey weather might be coming through the area next week, so the contractor decided to hold off.

City Engineer Justin L. Wood said the contractor, CCI Companies, Canastota, notified him on Tuesday about the construction schedule.

“As we get closer, we’ll let the community know more farther out,” he said.

The Mill Street bridge repairs also are scheduled to begin soon, with some short-term closures, he said. At some point, the bridge will be closed for a while during the construction project.

Construction for both Factory Street and the bridge was suspended for the winter, opening up traffic in that section of the city since late November. The reconstruction project began in early September.

Reconstruction includes a half-mile section of Factory Street, from Mill Street to Huntington Street. The project will completely redo the busy section of the road, including replacing 120-year-old storm and sanitary sewers, sidewalks and curbing.

When work resumes along Factory Street near the bridge, the eastbound lane will remain open but the westbound lane will be closed until they move to the other side of the road. Plans call for crews to work on a 24-inch water main in the area of Mill and Newell streets and Black River Parkway and installing some new lining to a sanitary sewer, he said.

Merchants and business owners have been anxious about how the road work would affect their businesses.

For nearly three months, the Mill Street bridge was closed, causing motorists to use a detour to get from one side of the Black River to the other. The bridge will again be closed this spring.

Just about all of the reconstruction project is expected to be completed during the upcoming construction season. However, CCI Companies may have to come back in 2017 to finish up punch list items.

National Grid also will continue to work on an underground electric duct bank that runs along Mill Street.

By Craig Fox, Watertown Daily Times