Progress Ahead: Construction Updates

Construction in downtown Watkins Glen

changes are coming!

2018 will bring construction to Watkins Glen. The State Department of Transportation will be hard at work replacing sidewalks along Franklin Street throughout the village. The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce has a plan to lead our businesses, local residents, and visitors through this time. While construction can be challenging at times, the end result will be very rewarding - for our businesses, for our community, and for our region. On this page, we will share information and updates about the project, a survival guide for local businesses, pedestrian passports and shopping promotions, project timelines, and more!


State Route 14, Schuyler County, Town of Watkins Glen

Pavement, Sidewalk, Lighting, Traffic Signal, Curb Improvement Work Resumes

The New York State Department of Transportation announced today that work will resume the week of March 25, 2019 on State Route 14 through the village of Watkins Glen. The installation of new sidewalks, ADA ramps, islands, drainage structures, curbing, lighting, and signal work will continue as part of the ongoing paving project.

This work is scheduled to begin the last week of March and is expected to be completed in June of this year.  Motorists may encounter flaggers, lane closures and could experience travel delays.  It is imperative that motorists remember this season to drive carefully through the many highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.

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Project timeline

April through June 22, 2018: removal and replacement of the sidewalks on the east side of Franklin Street from Fairgrounds Lane to Captain Bill's. Downtown work will shut down for summer.

Summer 2018: pavement repairs and paving on the four lane section of Route 14 from Reading Road (north of the village of Watkins Glen) to Gabriel's Junction.

Mid-September until finished: removal and replacement of sidewalks on the west side of Franklin Street from the Route 14/414 intersection to Captain Bill's.

Spring 2019: The mill and pave of Franklin Street/Route 14 from Fairgrounds Lane to Gabriel's Junction will begin.

Construction is weather dependent and this schedule is subject to change. We will post updates here as we receive them from the Department of Transportation. You can learn more about the construction timeline here.