Canton police asking motorists to make more use of detour around Main Street work
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 11:54 am

Traffic in downtown Canton will be snarled from time to time through the fall as construction on Main Street resumes.

CANTON -- Canton’s police chief is asking people to use the designated detour route around the Main Street construction, which has resumed this week.

Chief Victor Rycroft said that “in the first three days of operations the Canton Police Department has noted several delays with traffic on the Main Street corridor.”

So, Rycroft says, he and his department are “asking motorists to strictly adhere to the by-pass route if you are traveling through the village” and not stopping on the downtown section of Main Street.

“Some motorists feel the slight delay in traffic is worth waiting, but is has an overall rippling effect of backing traffic up on side streets and they become blocked – especially at intersections controlled by traffic signals,” Rycroft said.

The detour, which runs from Riverside Drive to State Street to State Route 310, is intended to reduce through-traffic congestion on U.S. Route 11 – Main Street -- during construction.

Rycroft said that patrols will be monitoring Main Street and the detour route to insure traffic keeps moving as conditions permit.

He also said that all oversize vehicles should use the detour route. “Generally, large trucks are prohibited on side streets unless making local deliveries,” he said.

New pavement markings will be applied soon to clarify lane usage.

Rycroft also advises that, as the detour takes drivers past Canton Central School buildings on State Street, they should heed the lower speed limit during school hours and exercise extra caution.

This is the second year of the two-year project to rebuild the roadway and storm sewers along Main Street from Riverside Drive to Stiles Avenue. The work is to be done by the fall.