Progress Ahead: Construction Updates

Construction in downtown Watkins Glen

construction updates

Schuyler County, and many of its municipalities, have benefited from a variety of projects over the years, improving everything from roadways to public parks, housing, lighting, waste treatment facilities, and more. Sometimes these projects unavoidably can result in slowed drive times, as traffic is interrupted. To assist residents and visitors alike, we will always strive to keep this page current. If you are aware of an appropriate project that is currently impacting traffic and travel in our county, please call the chamber at (607) 535-4300 and let us know so we can promptly update this page. 

As of March 2020, there are no projects currently underway. 

Construction at Clute Park at the base of Seneca Lake is expected to take place mid-2020. 

The information below are past projects that were successfully completed. 

2018 brought construction to Watkins Glen. The State Department of Transportation has been hard at work replacing sidewalks along Franklin Street throughout the village. The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce has fulfilled a plan to lead our businesses, local residents, and visitors through this time. The end result of this process will be very rewarding - for our businesses, for our community, and for our region! On this page, we will continue to share information and updates about the project, maintain a project timeline, and more. We look forward to this project being completed near June 28, 2019, and thank both the  NYS Department of Transportation, as well as their hard-working contractors, for so capably tackling this large project!


From a press release sent by NYS Department of Transportation on June 13, 2019

The NYSDOT announced that on Tuesday evening, June 18 paving work will resume on State Route 14 in the village of Watkins Glen.  The paving will be done between the hours of 8:30 pm and 6:30 am the nights of June 18, 19 and 20.  During these times, traffic will be detoured onto Fairgrounds Lane, Decatur Street and First Street.   Paving work is weather sensitive.  This schedule will be adjusted in the event of forecasted rain.  The work will complete the finish, top course pavement on Route 14 through the Village of Watkins Glen. A new travel advisory will be issued when specialty pavement painting has been scheduled.
We are almost to the finish line!  If you need any support throughout this process or have questions, please call Rebekah Carroll at 607-535-4300. 
Thank you! 
The Chamber Team 

From an email sent by the Area Construction Supervisor, New York State Department of Transportation - Region 6, on June 4, 2019:
Last evening the Contractor asked for one additional night of using the Decatur Street detour to complete the milling operations.  Their plan is to mill the side street intersections on this third night.  The benefit of doing this at night is that it won’t cause additional back-ups during the day on Route 14 from flagging traffic around the trucks being loaded at the intersections.  The paving is already causing enough congestion during the day. Because of the low volume of traffic we have observed over the last two nights using Decatur when the detour is in use, the Department is granting Sealand the additional night.  For these side street intersections we have asked Sealand to have all of the intersections south of the State park in the residential area complete before mid-night tonight to curb the noise impacts to the residents in that area.


From a press release sent to the Chamber near May 30, 2019
State Route 14, Village of Watkins Glen, Schuyler County, 

The New York State Department of Transportation announced that on Sunday evening, June 2, milling and paving work will begin on State Route 14 in the village of Watkins Glen.  Milling work will be done between the hours of 9 pm and 7 am the nights of June 2 and June 3.  During the milling process, traffic will be detoured onto Fairgrounds Lane, Decatur Street and First Street.  

Weather permitting, on Monday and Tuesday, June 3 and June 4, the first course of new asphalt pavement will be placed on the milled surface.  Paving work will take place during daylight hours.  A new travel advisory will be issued when top course paving has been scheduled.

Traffic will be maintained on Route 14 during paving using two methods. Whenever possible, one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction to keep traffic flowing and minimize delays. Parking on Route 14 will be prohibited during these times to allow for two-way traffic. When the pavement becomes too narrow for two-way traffic, a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern will be used, controlled by flaggers. Motorists should expect delays.

It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through the many highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter this season. Motorists are urged to slow down and safely move over when approaching roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights, including maintenance and construction vehicles in work zones. To learn more about the Move Over law and what we’re doing to keep workers and motorists safe in highway construction zones, visit 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.

For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit You can also follow them on Twitter @NYSDOTHornell.

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.