Motorists will have to deal with the closure of a major exit off a very busy highway in the Town of Dickinson for several days next week.

The New York State Department of Transportation says Exit 5 off Interstate 81 North and U.S. Route 11, more commonly known as Upper Front Street will be closed for a week starting on Monday, June 13.

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The New York State Department of Transportation says the closure will affect both the on and off ramps at the exit.

The closure is to facilitate a bridge replacement project in the Town of Dickinson.

The D.O.T says signed detours will be in place during the ramp closures.

Motorists may have already noticed those lit signs on the highway warning of the upcoming closure.

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The Variable Message Signs will continue to be utilized during the project to advise motorists wanting to access Upper Front Street for the SUNY Broome Community College Campus, the Regional Farmers’ Market, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Cutler Gardens and various businesses along the stretch in the Town of Dickinson of the need to proceed to another exit.

Motorists are urged to slow down in work zones and, of course, drive responsibly.  Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.  Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of a motorist’s driver license.

The New York State Department of Transportation participates in the 511 system.  Up-to-date travel information is available by calling 511 online at or on the free 511NY mobile app.

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