Every day I travel the 790 back to North Utica from Marcy where the station is located. I've noticed that the road surface is rough and construction signs have been placed along the roadside. Looks like a slow down on I-790 is coming.

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The NYS Department of Transportation reports that the I-790 and thruway ramps will be closed due to pavement repairs and paving. This will take place, weather permitting, today (Saturday, October 20) and, if needed, next Saturday the 27th. Signed detours and variable message signs will be in place. Watch out for the flaggers on Genesee Street.

So who will be will be affected? First, the I-790 eastbound ramp to South Genesee Street and the thruway off-ramp to South Genesee Street. Expect to be detoured to the North Genesee Street ramp, north to Riverside Drive, west on Riverside Drive, south on Genesee Street. The good news is that these detours will not be at the same time. North Utica will be clogged, but it could be worse.
Then the I-790 eastbound ramp and the Thruway ramp to North Genesee Street will be paved. I-790 traffic will be detoured east to Leland Ave, where the North Utica Shopping Center is. Traffic will have to go north to Herkimer Road. Also the thruway off-ramp traffic to North Genesee Street will be detoured to the South Genesee Street ramp and to the intersection with Genesee Street. Did you get all that?

Up the road near Marcy, look out for I-790/Route 49 paving operations, weather permitting, between Edic Road and Leland Ave. Two-lane traffic eastbound and/or westbound will be reduced to one-lane traffic during daytime hours. You'll have to slow down to 45 mph in the work zone. Expect minor delays.

Drive carefully!