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Route 11 roadwork resumes Monday in Gouverneur

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GOUVERNEUR — The state Department of Transportation road reconstruction project through a section of East Main Street resumes Monday.

The roadwork began last summer with a focus on water system improvements.

“This year is everything else,” DOT construction supervisor Kevin J. LaJuett said. “It’s going to be very congested and busy this year. We hope people are going to be patient.”

The $9.1 million project is for total reconstruction of East Main Street from North Gordon Street to Railroad Street, just beyond Scotch Settlement Road. Pavement, curbs, sidewalks, water lines and some sewer lines will be replaced. Some drainage work will take place at North Gordon Street and Trinity Avenue. A park will be created at the end of Beckwith Street.

There will be no official detour because a state road is not available and DOT does not have an agreement with the village for a specific way around the construction.

“We typically don’t detour traffic onto local roads,” Mr. LaJuett said.

Side streets do not offer ideal ways to avoid delays.

Rowley Street parallels much of the construction area, but it is residential and narrow and often has cars parked along it. On the opposite side of East Main Street, the way around is not direct and is longer.

The end result of the work will include a center turning lane from North Gordon Street to Factory Street. The center lane will become a left-turn-only at major intersections.

On Monday, crews will begin work on drainage and test drilling. Blasting will take place for about three weeks because of the amount of rock along the road, Mr. LaJuett said. The first test blast could take place Tuesday.

The job also has included the cleanup of some gasoline-contaminated areas in the path of the project.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has cleaned up soil around Richardson Flooring, which was historically a gasoline station.

The station’s one-time pump islands and tank were in DOT’s right-of-way, DEC spokesman Stephen W. Litwhiler said. The cost for the work is in the range of $50,000.

“We’re considering it done,” Mr. Litwhiler said. “The state will pursue cost recovery from the responsible parties.”

The village and St. Lawrence County had been working together on removal of a closed garage at Factory Street so that remaining contamination under the building could be cleaned up and the area made into a wider turning area, but that may not occur before the road construction is over. At this point, including that area is not part of the DOT project, Mr. LaJuett said.

So far, the cleanup cost of the soil adjacent to the building is about $75,000, Mr. Litwhiler said. “If the building comes down, we will continue with the cleanup,” he said.

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