west st detour

The City of Oneonta, through its contractor R.B. Robinson Contracting, Inc., will be undergoing a major street reconstruction project scheduled to begin at the end of March 2022 and will extend into September 2022. This letter is to inform the public and especially the residents and business in the immediate and surrounding project areas along West Street, from Chestnut Street to Center Street, plus side streets including High Street, Franklin Street, Cherry Street and Columbia Street, of the scope of the project and temporary traffic pattern adjustments that will be required.

In brief, the project will include complete replacement of the water mains, sanitary sewer mains, storm sewer mains, new service lines, manholes, catch basins, valves and fire hydrants. Street improvements will include full depth reconstruction consisting of removal of the existing concrete surface and sub base and replacement with new sub base material and 8" thick asphalt pavement surface. New curbs and sidewalks with handicap accessible aprons will also be installed and driveway aprons will be replaced.

All traffic in this area will be detoured around West Street at both ends of the project site. Sidewalks will be completely closed or diverted to the opposite side of the street where needed. Streets that are closed to thru traffic will except local traffic only. Adherence to these traffic restrictions will be enforced. A map showing the Temporary Detour Routes is attached to this letter.

High Street will be closed to all parking for the duration of the project and will be converted into temporary 2-way traffic to accommodate deliveries to The Daily Star and local traffic. Only residents of High Street who normally park on High Street will be allowed to park in designated areas of The Daily Star. A temporary parking pass can be obtained by going to The Daily Star at 102 Chestnut Street between the hours on 1-4 pm, Monday- Friday, ask for Valerie. Residents will need to bring one form of address verification (ie; utility bill, lease, etc.). The Daily Star will only have approximately 18 parking spaces available for temporary passes. Those who aren't able to obtain a temporary parking pass will need to use their driveways, other off-street parking or designated City lots. Vehicles remaining on High Street after signs are posted will be subject to being towed.

Access in and out of driveways for those who have special needs will be accommodated as needed and all driveways will be accessible at the end of each work day. Dust control measures will be maintained and monitored. All disturbed areas will be restored to the same or better than original conditions. There will be on-site construction observation by the City throughout the duration of the project to monitor the contractors work, maintain orderly progress and require minimal construction disruption to the neighboring areas.

The City would like to extend an offer to anyone who is interested in learning more about the project to contact Gino Huggins at( at the number listed below or the Public Works Director, Mr. Chris Yacobucci (607) 431-1323 or please set up a time to visit us at the Department of Public Works office located on the second floor of City Hall at 258 Main Street.

OPT Bus Stop Changes During Reconstruction

To summarize the following bus stops will be affected:

• Bus stops on West Street near the Daily Star and on Chestnut Street at the Dollar General will be closed. A new bus stop will be located on Church Street just past the First United Methodist Church.
• Bus stop on Center Street at the end of Church Street will be closed. A new bus stop will be located at the end of Church Street at Center Street.

OPT Bus Stop Changes

6/20/2022 Update:
This is an update for the ongoing West Street Reconstruction project: On Tuesday, June 21, 2022 beginning at approximately 9 am and continuing until approximately 1 pm water service on Cherry Street between lots #31 - #41 and at #1 Center Street will be shut off to allow the new water main on West Street to be connected to the existing water mains on Cherry Street and at the intersection of West Street and Center Street. In addition, a new fire hydrant will be installed at the top of Cherry Street which is to be used for flushing the new connections.

Once water service is restored, water users may experience a brief change in water color and/or pressure. This is a common, temporary occurrence and is not a cause for alarm.

We apologize for any inconvenience, as work continues on this important construction project.  The City will issue periodic project updates or changes via Nixle PSA as needed.  For questions or concerns related to this project, please contact the Department of Public Works by emailing dpsinfo@oneonta.ny.us, or calling 432-2100.