Trucks and other equipment have been removed from the state Department of Transportation maintenance site in Vestal.

The facility on Route 26 north of Pierce Hill Road has four buildings, including a large storage barn for road salt.

A 2023 view of the Vestal DOT maintenance facility on Route 26. Image: Google
A 2023 view of the Vestal DOT maintenance facility on Route 26. (Image: Google)
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The DOT vehicles and signage were removed from the site in recent weeks.

In an email to WNBF News, an agency spokesperson said a new "sub-residency" facility is to be built. The state Office of General Services has taken over the site to oversee the project.

A Department of Transportation Truck at the Vestal maintenance facility on May 30, 2024. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A Department of Transportation Truck at the Vestal maintenance facility on May 30, 2024. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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According to the DOT statement, everything at the existing site - except for the salt barn - is being "removed and replace by a new 8-bay building."

During the summer, the DOT's Vestal-based crew will continue to work "on all their normal roads" but will be based out of the agency's facility on Barlow Road in the town of Kirkwood.

During the cold-weather months, temporary construction trailers will be installed at the Vestal site and "all snow and ice operations will return to the Route 26 location."

An office building at the Department of Transportation sub-residency in Vestal. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
An office building at the Department of Transportation sub-residency in Vestal. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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The Office of General Services said a contract for the project has been awarded but work has not started. The contractor is finalizing the schedule and submitting information for review.

The project's substantial completion date is December 2025.

In addition to the vehicle storage bays, the project will include office space, bathrooms and training rooms. There also will be locker rooms and a tool storage area.

The site work will include utility installation, a fuel dispensing island and a generator. A shed addition will be built for the existing salt storage barn for cold storage purposes.

The DOT and OGS did not indicate how much the Vestal construction project will cost.

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