PLATTSBURGH — It is peak season for road construction, and road crews are busy.
Local county and state highway departments urge motorists to use caution when traveling through work zones. Fines for speeding will be doubled for those who are caught exceeding the limit.
Crews around the area are also doing mowing, sweeping and bridge washing. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers if needed.
Here’s a look at some of the projects that are under way in Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties:
Interstate 87, Champlain: Crews are continuing to work on replacing the bridges that carry Route 11 over Interstate 87. A crossover has been put into service, causing traffic to be reduced to one lane in each direction. Southbound traffic will be moved over using the crossover, and both northbound and southbound traffic will use the northbound lanes of Interstate 87 until further notice.
General Leroy Manor Road, Dannemora: Drainage improvements are continuing. Crews are performing cross-culvert replacements, which cause temporary road closures. Alternate routes will be available. This project will continue for three to four weeks.
West Church Street, Chazy: Crews will be performing shoulder-cutting operations this week between Atwood Road and Town Line Road. Traffic will be controlled as necessary.
Route 22B, Morrisonville: Motorists traveling on Route 22B are being detoured over the Saranac River using a temporary structure that is adjacent to the existing bridge. Traffic is reduced to one lane in alternating directions and will be controlled by temporary traffic lights at the intersection of Route 22B and Mason Street and at the intersection of Route 22B and Rand Hill Road.
Route 22B, Morrisonville: Crews are working on bridge construction on Route 22B between Felton Road and County Route 40. Traffic signs will be visible, and flaggers will be present. Construction is scheduled to continue until Nov. 30, 2015.