SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Crews were hard at work overnight Tuesday finishing up phase 1 of the Interstate 690 construction project.
The westbound side of the highway and the newly paved Teal Avenue ramp are now open. Drivers haven't been able to get on or off there in some time.
Crews opened up the westbound side of the highway overnight; however, at this point it is just two lanes -- normally it would be 3.
That's because there are still plans to move the eastbound traffic over, and fix up those lanes, as well as the bridges and ramps.
Eastbound traffic won’t see any changes right now, but phase 2 of the project starts in about two weeks. During that time all eastbound on and off ramps will close and detour routes will be in place.
Crews say between the nicer weather and their experience, phase 2 should move much quicker.
"The biggest benefit is number one, they gained a lot of experience through season one. With the mechanisms they're using to construct the roadway. Secondly they're getting an earlier start in the season so that will help as well,” said NYSDOT Regional Director David Smith.
Crews say once they finish Teall Avenue itself the whole interchange will work much better. And beyond the fresh pavement and markings, driver will also notice some new lights.