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GOUVERNEUR — Motorists driving through the village for the next two construction seasons can expect delays as a $9.1 million reconstruction of a section of Route 11 has begun.

The project will include a center turning lane, the closure of Beckwith Street, a closed drainage system that will pipe storm water to the Oswegatchie River, coordination with the village to replace water and sewer mains, intersection changes and a west-side sidewalk.

Part of the work will be the reconstruction of Main Street from North Gordon to Railroad streets. Another part will replace a drainage system along Trinity Avenue and North Gordon Street.

“This year, the focus will be on underground utilities,” state Department of Transportation spokesman Michael R. Flick said. “The big push will be the trunk line under Trinity Avenue and the Kinney water line.” Kinney Drugs has long struggled with inadequate water pressure and flow to its distribution center, which has increased the cost it pays for insurance.

The first year of the construction, to be done by Rifenburg Construction Co., Troy, will take place over the length of the project but will not generally be as encompassing as in the second year, when the roadway is paved.

“The disturbances will be localized,” Mr. Flick said. “Given the nature of the work, it’s not a speedy process. Some of it is deep. A lot of it is rock.”

There is no detour because one was not available. DOT does not use village streets as detours because they are not wide enough or built to handle truck traffic, Mr. Flick said.

“We’re pretty limited,” he said. “The local folks will find their way around.”

The village is spending $756,422.34 to improve its water and sewage lines while DOT has the road dug up, Mayor Ronald P. McDougall said.

In addition, the village will replace some of the light poles on Main Street and improve water hookups. A price is not clear because the village intends to do as much of the work as it can itself, Mr. McDougall said.

As a separate project, DOT is milling and repaving part of Route 58 that runs through the village.

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