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County Executive McCoy Announces Ground Breaking for Shaker Elementary Traffic Light

Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 10:59 AM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that shovels are in the ground for the construction project to bring a new traffic light and added traffic congestion relief to parents of Shaker Elementary School students and Colonie residents alike. The light will be installed at the intersection of Albany Shaker Road and Shaker El.

“Our infrastructure is a key component of quality of life, commerce and the Albany County economy as a whole, with Albany Shaker Road being one of the main arteries that sees at least 14,000 vehicles each and every day,” said County Executive McCoy. “No parent should ever have to worry about the safety and wellbeing of their child headed to school, and with the start of this project, we’re one step closer to making that a reality while addressing congestion along our roadways.”

The new light and intersection will be equipped with loop detectors that will activate the signal change only when cars are utilizing Shaker El. This will not only accommodate parents entering and leaving Shaker Elementary, but also maintain smooth traffic flow throughout the day, before and after students have been dropped off and picked up, by allowing the light to otherwise rest on green. Construction also includes added coordination on the intersections of Maria Drive/Marie Parkway and Osborne Road to help with traffic flow along this section.

“It was a pleasure to work with the Office of the County Executive and the County Legislature to secure a $125,000 Multi-Modal grant to assist with the funding of the traffic light and intersection improvements of the Shaker El – Albany Shaker Road intersection. This is a great example of many people coming together for the safety of our students, their families and the public at large,” said Assemblymember Phil Steck, 110th Assembly District.

The project, which comes following the traffic safety study commissioned by Albany County, will also include brand new painted crosswalks, push buttons for pedestrians and state-of-the-art signals with countdown timers. ADA compliant ramps will ensure everyone has safe access to cross the roadway.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy