Hooper Road Reconstruction Finishes Year Early

By Candace Chapman

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 13, 2007 at 12:10 AM EDT

Reconstruction of the Hooper Road bridge finishes ahead of schedule.

Still, one ramp will remain closed for a traffic study.

While the county expected the project to take two years, construction crews wrapped up major work in one season.

It plans to open all lanes and ramps tomorrow, with one exception.

The ramp from Hooper Road onto 17 C west will remain closed.

During construction, the DOT added a traffic signal on Hooper to allow people to turn left to go west on 17C.

It will study whether to keep that signal turn.

"That area has grown up and there's a lot of traffic there that want to frequent the businesses. We feel like we need to take a look at the signal and what it contributes to slowing that traffic down," says Jack Williams of the NYS DOT.

Broome County had the bridge deck and sidewalk replaced for 2.3 million dollars.

Public Works says crews will still have some work to do this spring, but it should not affect traffic.

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