Construction has begun on the second and final phase of the $14 million Route 531 Terminus Project in the towns of Ogden and Sweden.
Phase 2 calls for the reconstruction and widening of Route 31 from west of Salmon Creek Road to the Route 531 eastbound on ramp. Continuous, two-way, left-turn lanes will be installed along Route 31 between Gallup Road and Salmon Creek Road. The project is scheduled for completion this fall.
Beginning Monday, May 14, detours will be in place at Route 31 westbound, which will close to all traffic between Washington Street and Gallup Road until August 30. Additionally, Route 31 westbound will close to all traffic between Gallup Road and Sweden-Walker Road (Route 260) from June 26 through August 30. School bus operations will be maintained on this stretch of Route 31 in both directions through June 25.
Traffic will be detoured using Manitou Road (Route 261), West Ridge Road (Route 104), and Sweden-Walker Road. Motorists using Route 531 westbound will be able to travel north or south on Washington Street during the detour, but will not be able to continue west onto Route 31.
Officials say the project is aimed at easing traffic flow and improving safety along the 531 corridor. They say the highway improvements will also benefit Rochester Tech park, which is adjacent to Route 531.