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Engineers talk Factory Street reconstruction

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Engineers talk Factory Street reconstruction
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A main street in the city of Watertown will be under construction as early as next fall. Wednesday night, engineers outlined their plans to fix up Factory Street and other surrounding roads. YNN's Carmella Mataloni was at the meeting and has more on the project.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Factory Street, Mill Street and Huntington Street will all be under major construction next year. A $6 million upgrade will involve roadways, sidewalks and much more.

"But also including water mains, separation of sanitary and storm sewers, traffic signals and ADA accessible sidewalks as well,” said Kurt Hawk, City Engineer.

Property owners and residents gathered to City Hall for the first of many public meetings. Engineers for the project presented information on what the road work will include and how it will affect shop owners once construction begins.

Funding will come mostly from the Federal Highway Administration but the State Department of Transportation and City of Watertown will also make contributions.

"It is needed. It was one of the highest priorities of the city to the state for this project which is receiving federal and state funding to do so," said Hawk.

The plan is to detour southbound traffic by half a mile during the first part of reconstruction. Then rotate during the second half detouring northbound traffic.

Officials say there will be some disruptions to traffic, but access will be maintained throughout the project. Still, business owners on Factory Street have their concerns.

"I'm hoping they keep our street parking. I want to keep our street parking. This is progress and it needs to be done but I'm hoping they keep our street parking the way it is because I depend on that a lot," said George Colesante, owner of Colesante’s Tavern.

Engineers and planners say that the basic design plan is more than halfway complete, but there will be more public meetings as the project progresses.

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