Senator Joe Griffo, Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenchon and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente met with officials from the State Thruway Authority and the DOT to address accessibility and safety issues at the Exit 31 Thruway exchange.

The three lawmakers raised concerns with the group of state officials, including Thruway Authority Executive Director Matt Driscoll.

They include the lack of parking and access to Park and Ride, access to the Oneida County Tourism building and emergency vehicle turnaround.

A left turn is currently not permitted at the site because of guardrails that were not there before the toll booths were removed.

Discussion revolved around how to make those parking lots and the tourism building accessible to people without having to get on and off the thruway to turn around.

State officials agreed to include additional signage for access points and new parking areas as well as further public communication on the changes to the exit.

"I thank Matthew Driscoll and the New York State Thruway Authority and the Department of Transportation for meeting with us to discuss the Exit 31 Thruway interchange in Utica. This meeting, for which we advocated, provided us with an important opportunity to discuss the Authority's most recent changes to the interchange, short-term solutions to address concerns we have raised and the long-term objective to reconstruct the entire interchange with the DOT," said Senator Griffo.

The long-term redesign of the Exit 31 interchange was also discussed by the group.

That process is already underway and is expected to take 18-24 months, with the initial planning RFP to be released before the end of 2021.

Route 5 8 12 Construction in Utica, New York

Route 5 8 12 Construction in Utica, New York

Can You Name These Utica Landmarks From An Aerial View?

With the help of Google Maps, we can see historic buildings from space.
This is a fun way to see if you can spot Mohawk Valley, Utica-specific landmarks.

Check out each photo below and try to see if you can get all these locations right on the first try. Let us know how you did in our station app. Good luck!

15 Of The Best Soups In The Utica And Rome Area

Let's be honest, there are few better ways to warm-up after coming in from a chilly walk on the 840 trail than with a bowl of steaming hot soup and we're sure that you've got your favorite recipes. But, who has all the time in the world to make soup? 

Who can you turn to to satisfy that soup craving? We asked all around social media and these are the places you said you turn to first. Not only did you name a restaurant, you named the soup. When we gathered responses, we only posted ones that had specific soups to try, and the restaurant. If we should add anyone else, text us on our station app and we will be happy to add them to the list. Be sure to tell us what soup they serve to include.