Street repairs nearly complete; bridge work set

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Workers closed one northbound lane and the sidewalk over the Liberty Street bridge Monday in preparation for the upcoming project.

­­­Roadwork seems to be taking over the village of Penn Yan, between the work being done by Penn Yan Village crews, state workers and contractors for both.

On Monday, village workers began milling on North Main Street and East Main Street was milled Tuesday.

Penn Yan Director of Public Works Brent Bodine says the village’s goal is to complete all the major village projects before the Liberty Street Bridge project begins in early September.

A contractor is expected to be here this week to finish the top layer of pavement on East Elm Street. As milling is complete on North Main and East Main Streets, they will be re-paved as well, says Bodine.

The pavement on East Elm Street was delayed because of rain last week.

“We have been very appreciative of the patience of the East Elm Street residents, and the businesses were really good about working with us,” said Bodine.

Bodine says the goal is to complete all village work before state contractors begin the Liberty Street Bridge project, which will be completed by Ramsey Construction.

On Monday, crews blocked off one of the northbound lanes and the sidewalk on the east side of the street crossing the bridge in preparation for the bridge work that is set to begin right after Labor Day.

While that work is being done, traffic will be detoured to Main Street.

The contractor preparing the detour through the village has begun making adjustments to the intersections. Pedestrians crossing at Main and Elm will notice that the walk/don’t walk signs are not all functioning now. Bodine says they will be working again soon.

Bodine acknowledges there will also be some growing pains as engineers make adjustments to traffic light timing along Main Street. Adding to the scenario is a new traffic signal that will be installed at the intersection of Main and Lake Street.

Motorists will see additional roadwork at that intersection soon, as workers re-configure the curb and do more striping for traffic control and parking. Additional signage will be posted as well, says Bodine.