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Canton rail crossing work to begin around July 1


CANTON — Drivers heading through the village will have to exercise a bit more patience this summer.

Beginning about July 1, the stretch of Route 11 from Stiles Avenue to Park Place is expected to be closed for six weeks while crews from CSX reconfigure the railroad crossing near Jay Street.

Traffic will be detoured off Main Street to Route 310, State Street and Riverside Drive.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Michael R. Flick said provisions will be made for local traffic to access the downtown business district and local streets, but the detour will be mandatory for most drivers.

“There’s not going to be a choice whether people use the detour or not,” Mr. Flick said. “In many ways, there should be less problems than we had last year.”

The work is part of the $9.5 million Main Street reconstruction project launched last year by DOT. This season’s work is the second and last phase of the project.

Thomas A. Maroun, DOT project engineer, said Wednesday he hasn’t been able to finalize a definite start date with CSX officials, but he believes it will be on or close to July 1.

“Our message boards will be up telling everyone to use the detour at that point,” he said.

Jay Street also will be closed once the rail crossing work begins. The project includes converting Jay Street into a cul-de-sac.

Crews from Angelica Boring Co. Inc., Pittsford, a subcontractor, are installing borings underneath the railroad tracks.

Workers soon will start installing the borings for new water and sewer lines near the intersection of Harrison and Main streets, a process that requires digging down about 18 feet.

Last summer, the DOT work focused on the downtown business section. Traffic was sometimes backed up for miles, which prompted a few heated exchanges between disgruntled motorists and road crew workers assigned to direct traffic.

Traffic will flow more efficiently if drivers follow the signals and directionals that will be installed, Mr. Flick said.

Some delivery trucks may have to access Main Street to deliver supplies to downtown merchants.

“If there’s concerns, we’ll address them and get people downtown if they need to get downtown,” Mr. Flick said.

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