ATHENS — Motorists who travel Route 385 between Athens and Coxsackie can expect delays during a five-mile paving project that will be taking place over the next month, Bryan Viggiani, public information officer for the state Department of Transportation Region 1, said Tuesday.

The roadwork will cover 5.2 miles, and will take place from the bridge that crosses Murderers Creek in Athens to Sutton Place in the Village of Coxsackie, Viggiani said.

Preparation work for the paving has begun, which includes filling potholes along that stretch of road, and will continue until June 9.

The paving is scheduled to begin June 10 and is scheduled to run through June 30, weather permitting.

Traffic through the work zone will be controlled by flaggers, and will be one lane of alternating traffic through areas where crews will be working, Viggiani said.

The roadwork will take place Monday through Friday between the hours 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Motorists who want to avoid the paving project can use Route 9W as an alternate route.

The Route 385 stretch of road is in need of paving. For several years Department of Transportation workers have been patching potholes and filling large cracks in the road.

Motorists are urged to slow down and drive responsibly in work zones. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license, Viggiani said.

Motorists are reminded to obey flaggers’ directions: Move over a lane, if safely possible, or slow down significantly whenever encountering roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber, or green lights, including maintenance and construction vehicles in work zones, Viggiani said.

A large-scale paving project was recently completed on Route 23A, between Catskill and Palenville.

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