DRYDEN — Drivers heading into the center of the village of Dryden should expect construction, work into June though detours won’t be needed, according to a state Department of Transportation spokesman.
The work will add left-turn signals for drivers heading south on Route 13 coming from Cortland to Route 392 and drivers heading north from Route 38 west to Route 13 to Ithaca, said Dryden Mayor Mike Murphy.
This is being done to improve turn safety, said Curtis Jetter, a DOT public information officer. This work has been needed for at least five years as drivers traveling south on Route 13 from Cortland and then turning east onto Route 392 and drivers traveling north and turning west onto Route 13 to Ithaca have had a hard time making those turns due to traffic congestion, Murphy said. Much of the traffic is coming west from Route 13 heading toward Cortland or coming south from Cortland heading to Ithaca, he said. Detours won’t be put in place, Jetter said.
This shortens the window for drivers turning left onto Route 13 from Route 38 or coming from Route 13 on North Street to Route 392.
“The only time they get to turn is when the signal has changed to red,” Murphy
Murphy and other mayors have reached out in the past to the DOT for work to be done to resolve this problem, which it finally is, he said.
Construction on the $382,000 federally funded project — which will also include work on street curbs and pedestrian crossings — began in October, Jetter said.
Once the work is completed and the signals are installed, “it will be very beneficial,” Murphy said.