For fans of the end of construction season here in Central New, you'll love driving in Utica soon. It looks like the roundabout on State Route 5S in downtown Utica will be opening soon.

This new roundabout is located at the intersection of John Street in downtown Utica. The roundabout has been under construction throughout the year, but is expected to open the week of December 14th.

While it’s not the first roundabout in Utica, the Route 5S roundabout is the first double-lane traffic circle in the city, Lubey said. The roundabout at Oneida Square is a single lane."

According to the Utica OD, this roundabout joins a list of what will be seven now in Oneida County.

This roundabout in Utica is part of a $16 million project called 'ROUTE 5S SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.' The project's goal is to re-shape the portion of Utica that nearly everyone travels through, from where Broad Street and 5s meet to Broadway. The project is going to make the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists and easier to navigate for drivers.

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TROOPERS ISSUE 14,000 TICKETS DURING THANKSGIVING INITIATIVE

WIBX reports that New York State Police issued nearly 14,000 tickets during the recent Thanksgiving enforcement initiative.

The traffic enforcement period ran from November 25th to November 29th and targeted unsafe driving.

More than 4.800 tickets were issued for speeding, over 1,800 for seatbelt violations and 228 for distracted driving. Troopers also arrested 155 people for DWI and investigated 757 crashes, including three fatalities.

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