June 3, 2009


Marathon road project ahead of schedule

$3 million project to repair Route 221 through village expected to be done by August


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Marathon resident Cheryl Pfeifer talks with state inspector Randy Park, right, Thursday about when she can use her driveway as construction workers finish a stretch of sidewalk along West Main Street in Marathon.

Staff Reporter

MARATHON — A $3 million state project to rebuild a section of Route 221 in the village is more than two months ahead of schedule and should be wrapped up by August.
Brian Renna, a spokesman for project contractor Suit-Kote, said this morning that traffic will continue to be reduced to a single-lane for the duration of the project. The section closed will vary, depending on which strip of road crews are working on.
Route 221 between Tim Hill Road and Mill Street west of the Tiougnioga River has been single-lane alternating traffic from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays since mid-April.
The state Department of Transportation initiated these lane restrictions on April 15 and planned to end them last Friday.
But Michelle Clark, a DOT spokesperson, said Friday this section could be limited to one lane for longer than originally expected, depending on how quickly the work on that section is completed.
“Throughout the duration you can expect to see lane closures in different sections,” Clark said.
This summer, Suit-Kote, which is based in Cortlandville, will be widening the road and installing new curbs and gutters to direct water flow, Renna said.
The work on the Marathon project began in 2008, when crews dug up parts of Main Street, relocated water lines and removed sidewalks.
Work resumed in mid-April. Paving is expected to begin the third week of July and be completed in August, when the project comes to a close, Renna said.
The DOT had scheduled the project to be completed Nov. 1. Suit-Kote will receive a bonus for completing work early, Renna said, but he did not know the figure.
There are 13 full-time Suit-Kote workers on the project and six subcontractors, which is the peak for employment on the job, Renna said. The number varies, depending on what work is being done.
The project will improve a 1 mile section of the road from Tim Hill Road to just east of the Interstate 81 northbound ramps at Exit 9. It includes the village’s Main Street and runs past Marathon High School.
While people have commonly parked along Main Street, it was not legal in the past because the roadway was too narrow, Renna said. He said the DOT will have to decide where parking will be permitted after the road work is completed, and that will determine how many parking spaces will be created.

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