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Pothole Work On I-684 Leads To Long Traffic Jam

State Department of Transportation (DOT) workers on Interstate 684, at the end of the traffic jam and in Katonah.
State Department of Transportation (DOT) workers on Interstate 684, at the end of the traffic jam and in Katonah. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
State Department of Transportation (DOT) workers on Interstate 684, at the end of the traffic jam and in Katonah.
State Department of Transportation (DOT) workers on Interstate 684, at the end of the traffic jam and in Katonah. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Are you wondering why there was a lengthy traffic jam Wednesday on a section of southbound Interstate 684?

A spokeswoman with the New York State Department of Transportation confirmed that emergency road work was being done due to potholes.

The queuing of cars, which occurred late Wednesday morning and into the early afternoon, affected the southbound side of the highway from south of the on-bound interchange in Croton Falls to just north of the exit interchange in Katonah.

"NYSDOT was doing emergency maintenance/pothole repair on the southbound side of I-684 today during the day," wrote Gina DiSarro, a spokeswoman for the state agency's Region 8, which has jurisdiction over Westchester and Putnam. "We had signs on the interstate warning of the approaching work zone."

DiSarro then stated that signs were not posted on Route 22 prior to the interchange, adding there is no requirement to do so.

The portion of the highway that was affected has no southbound exits between Croton Falls and Katonah. It has a southbound entrance lane, however, which several vehicles took during the jam, thereby lengthening the queue.

Warning action was taken as the backing up occurred.

"However, when our transportation management center was made aware of the backups that were occurring along the interstate, they activated variable message signs that were already in place in the nearby area to advise motorists to consider alternate routes," DiSarro wrote.

DiSarro told Daily Voice that work was done during the day to avoid rush hour. Pothole repair work is done for safety, she added.

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