Feb 8, 2013
By Terra Osterling
February 8, 2013 — When Phase 1 of the East Ridge Road improvement project grossly overran the schedule, leaving businesses between Marburger Street and Hudson Avenue restricted — for months rather than weeks — by one-way traffic and a detour, Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce Board Member Dan Buerkle took action.
Buerkle, owner and operator of The Rug Market, contacted Terry Rice, Director of the Monroe County DOT, and requested a public meeting to discuss how the delay and coming construction will continue through Phases 2 – 5. Buerkle’s concern for East Ridge Road merchants resulted in an unprecedented event. The DOT agreed to hold a public information meeting during construction to explain the delays and how the project will proceed.
That meeting was held the Irondequoit Town Hall on February 6th and was well attended by East Ridge Road merchants, first responders, town officials, and Monroe county legislators Joe Carbone and Joe Morelle Jr.
Resident Engineer Mike Melino joined Terry Rice, Henry Herdzik and Tim Frelier of Monroe County DOT to provide an update and answer questions.
The Phase 1 delay, it was explained, was due to underground utilities not being located where maps and stakes had indicated. This resulted in additional work required to modify the utility locations before any other work could continue, including the significant work done on the sewer and drainage systems. Paving, curb and sidewalk work went as planned.
MCDOT is working to complete Phases 2-5 before the end of 2013, and expects to begin construction on Phase 2 in April. In anticipation of the utility mapping being incorrect for the next segments, MCDOT has asked the utility companies to dig test pits and make visual contact with their utilities and report back.
The utilities have been doing that work throughout the fall and winter so that MCDOT can modify their plans now. In addition, the MCDOT has identified other time saving project modifications.
The current plan for detours continues to use one-way east bound traffic. Merchants are assured that they will always have access to their driveways. When access is expected to be reduced, merchants will be notified in advance and a flag person will be on the crew to assist the safe flow of traffic.
Communication is key during this road construction and the MCDOT has asked that anyone interested in being kept up to date visit: www.monroecounty.gov/dot-construction to read the most recent newsletter in PDF format.
You may also directly contact Melino or Herdzik for any additional questions. *If you have property damage as a result of the ongoing utility work and do not know where to submit a claim, call Mr. Melino.
Michael Melino, Resident Engineer
Field Office: (585) 342-0278
Henry Herdzik, Project Manager
Office: (585) 753-7729