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QUEENSBURY -- The westbound section of Route 149 between Bay and Ridge roads will be closed for more than month starting Wednesday, as crews resume work to make the road safer, state Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

DOT spokesman Peter Van Keuren said the stretch of road will remain closed until late August.

"Motorists will be diverted onto a signed detour using Ridge Road, Quaker Road and Bay Road," said Van Keuren.

Eastbound traffic will not be disrupted.

The work on Route 149 is part of an $8 million project that also included reconstruction of State Route 372 in Easton.

The project is being funded 80 percent by the federal government and 20 percent by the state.

Kubricky Construction Corp. of Queensbury is the primary contractor.

The work on Route 149 stretches about 2.75 miles between Martindale Road, two or three miles east of Route 9 near the outlet stores, to the Warren/Washington county line east of Ridge Road, said Van Keuren.

Work on Route 149 includes the realignment of the road to make it less curvy, resurfacing of the pavement and widening of the shoulder to 6 feet.

Left turn lanes will be constructed on Route 149 at the intersection of Bay Road and Ridge (Route 9L), and both traffic signals will been replaced.

In addition, Van Keuren said, the project includes ditch and drainage improvements, landscaping, sign replacements and pavement-marking enhancements.

Work on Route 372, which was completed last July, involved rehabilitating an embankment in the vicinity of County Route 74 adjacent to Marshall Brook.

DOT officials said the steep embankment was stabilized so that it would no longer affect eastbound traffic.

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