Work has begun on a $16.6 million community revitalization project along the Route 5S-Oriskany Street corridor in Utica.

The project is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Complete Streets initiative.

It will enhance safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists along the busy corridor.

Cuomo says the improvements will create an inviting and attractive new gateway to the Bagg's Square neighborhood

"Upgrading the Route 5S corridor will enhance a major entrance to Utica and its neighborhoods, while improving safety for all travelers," Cuomo said. "We will continue to invest in improvement projects like this, helping to rejuvenate communities, support local businesses and make New York an even better place to live, work and raise a family."

The project is scheduled for completion in late 2020.