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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • I-86 construction continues

  • Commuters frustrated by the ongoing work on Interstate 86/State Route 17 in the Corning and Elmira areas will have to wait another 6-10 weeks before they experience relief.

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  • Commuters frustrated by the ongoing work on Interstate 86/State Route 17 in the Corning and Elmira areas will have to wait another 6-10 weeks before they experience relief.
    The state Department of Transportation said Friday that both projects likely won’t be finished for some time – the target date for the Corning work is Nov. 1, and the Elmira work might not be finished until the end of November.
    Both projects have reduced traffic down to a single lane in each direction, slowing traffic and causing delays, especially during rush hour.
    The projects, however, are expected to make commutes more pleasant once they are completed.
    The Corning area project, from Exit 46 in the city to Exit 48 in East Corning, includes repairing pavement slabs, improving drainage and resurfacing shoulders. The project began in July and will cost $2.65 million, officials said.
    The $65 million project in the Elmira area has a much longer history – it began more than three years ago and has been part of a comprehensive plan to extend I-86 to downstate New York.
    From Exit 56 in Elmira to the Town of Chemung, crews have been working to remove at-grade intersections and otherwise make the road interstate eligible. The work has included rebuilding portions of the roadway, overpass construction and the creation of new access roads. During construction season, both directions of the four-lane road have been reduced to a single lane.
    Once the Elmira-area work is completed, I-86 will run from Erie, Pa., through Chemung County. Only a little conversion work is needed to make the roadway interstate-eligible to Binghamton. There, however, crews are years and hundreds of millions of dollars away from finishing conversion work.

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