Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York State Department of Transportation met with emergency services and law enforcement this afternoon to discuss the upcoming construction season.
Officials said there will not be a lot of major traffic changes during this third season of Phase One of the Prospect Mountain Construction Project.
Public Information Officer of NYSDOT Dave Hamburg says they rely on police and first responders to keep the highways safe during construction.
"We're making sure that they have access and they have the ability to do what they need to do," said Hamburg. "In turn, what they do actually helps the department of transportation and the entire community. They make sure that everything is safe on top, and should an incident occur they're able to get to it as quickly as possible and make sure that the roadway is clear."
When the project is completed, both I-81 and Route 17 will see improvements, among these will be new bridges over Chenango River and Chenango Street, new on and off ramps, and reconstruction of the highways.
A new change was announced at the meeting today that will help solve one of the biggest issues emergency responders face during construction-- 911 calls.
When people call to report an accident, they often get their location mixed up when construction is going on.
New five-feet-tall, two-feet-wide signs will be installed every half mile along construction routes.
The signs will display the highway name, travel direction, and mile marker.