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What commuters can expect through the Prospect Mountain Project this winter

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The start of colder weather also marks the end of a busy construction season at Prospect Mountain.

But some good news for travelers is that the newly-completed bridge over Broad Avenue will carry all four lanes of traffic starting next week.

That means the old bridge will be demolished and the temporary bridge currently being used by westbound/northbound traffic will be removed this winter.

Reaching this point means the Prospect Mountain Project has crossed the halfway point, now at 52 percent completion. 

"A lot of good things have happened here this construction season and we're right on schedule to be able to continue a lot of other great things right through the winter," said Jack Williams, Regional Director for the NYSDOT.

Luckily for commuters, winter work won't shut down any more lanes at the interchange. 

"What we'll be doing is we'll be working on constructing the new structures over [Route] 7 and over Broad Avenue, the railroad and in addition to that, we've got that eastbound flyover bridge that we'll be building [this winter]," said Williams.

However, lane closures on Route 17-W near Airport Road will continue between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., as weather and building materials permit, until the noise wall is completed.

Even without additional lane closures, the posted 45 miles per hour work zone speed limit remains in place.

"We appeal to drivers to heed that 45 mile an hour speed limit," said Williams. "The New York State Troopers are our partners, they'll be out here helping with safety for the traveling public as well as our worker safety."

Slow-moving construction vehicles could still be moving around the project site through the winter, so all drivers should remain alert.

"Exercise extreme caution and, you know, just respect the work that we have to do out here and the people that are doing it," said Williams.

For the latest updates on the Prospect Mountain Project, visit its Facebook page here. The page is dedicated to updating the traveling public.

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