With an original purpose to replace outdated bridges, other things will also be added to the arterial facelift.
"One of the elements in the first phase of the construction that people will see underway in next year's construction is a pedestrian bridge across the arterial in the vicinity of Sunset Ave.," said New York Department of Transportation Spokesman, Anthony Ilacqua.
This means that the Sunset Ave. intersection will be blocked off when it's completed.
"The pedestrian bridge, I think, is an artificial connection.......but if it has to happen, let's have it accessible for everybody," said West Utica resident, John Ossowski.
Some say traffic can be busy at times and Ilacqua says putting the pedestrian bridge over the arterial would make it easier for people to cross the road safely.
"This is not going to make it safer for pedestrians. All this plan does is make it easier for people to whiz through the city," said Utica resident, Diane Berry.
Mr. Ilacqua says he understands people's concerns, but he says he disagrees.
"We believe people will use it, we believe that in designing it, that we will construct a very attractive facility, and people will see it as a safe and convenient connection," said Ilacqua.