Motorists who drive through the Prospect Mountain Project or Mount Prospect Project or the intersection of Routes 17 and 81 work zone will find increased work activity soon.  According to Jack Williams, Regional Director for Region 9 of the New York State Department of Transportation , as soon as weather shows any lasting signs of improvement work crews will return in force.  There continues to be maintenance and some aspects of the project moving forward but as weather gets better more progress will occur.

Williams says one of the first notable changes will be to move traffic on 17 Eastbound and Westbound onto a portion of the new structure. That should occur in May or early June.  Once that is in place crews can begin demolition of the existing 17 East and West lanes and make way for the new 81 North and 81 South structures.

Williams cautions the public to be aware that as the weather does improve there will be more workers near heavy traffic areas and there can be daily alterations in traffic flow to protect the work crews.  Traffic updates will be provided throughout the spring and summer months on News Radio 1290 WNBF.

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