The State Department of Transportation is awarding a 53 million dollar contract for phase two of the Utica North-South Arterial project.

The project will replace the elevated section of State routes 5, 8 and 12.

The project is expected to begin later this month and will include viaduct replacement, construction of a new interchange at court street and a new bridge that will carry the Arterial over Court Street.

A new interchange at Court Street that will control traffic entering the Arterial from Court Street will also be added.

The contract was awarded to Sealand Contractors from Monroe County.

Work is expected to be completed in 2017.