Onondaga  County officials today announced the closure of Butternut  Street,  in the City of Syracuse to facilitate emergency repairs to a county owned sewer main.

“Emergency sewer repairs are part of spring time in Upstate New York,” said County  Executive  Joanie  Mahoney.   “While we prepare for them and expect

them,  sewer  and  water main breaks are never convenient and we appreciate the  public’s patience while we make these repairs.  The good news is sewer main breaks like these are a sign that spring is right around the corner.”

The  county  trunk sewer is made of clay and was first constructed in 1899.

County  contractors  are on site assessing the repair and providing traffic control.  Butternut Street, between Knaul Street and First North Street, is expected to remain closed for as long as two weeks.