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County Executive McCoy & Supervisor Mahan Announce Grant Applications for Major Infrastructure Improvements

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018 2:10 PM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy and Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan today announced a partnership to address pedestrian safety, congestion and quality of life issues in Colonie and Guilderland through the submission of three separate applications that that could pave the way for major infrastructure improvements.

“As the population of Albany County continues to grow, it is critical that our key infrastructure keeps pace to ensure residents do not suffer the side effects,” said County Executive McCoy. “These grant applications are another step towards maintaining some of the most trafficked roads in the region for continued economic development while keeping localities in line with our Complete Streets model to encourage alternative means of travel and improve overall quality of life.”

“Public safety and congestion on Albany Shaker Road is a top priority of mine and I have been proud to work in collaboration with County Executive McCoy to find creative solutions for this area,” said Supervisor Mahan. “This project, which includes new pedestrian crosswalks and an adjusted speed limit, will be transformative for local residents who use this roadway and these sidewalks to commute every single day.”

The applications for the federal Transportation Improvement Program grants, submitted to the Capital District Transportation Committee in November, include new pavement on 4.1 miles of County Route 155/New Karner Road between US Route 20 and Watervliet Shaker Road, with safety enhancements for intersections, new left turn lanes and new traffic signs.

Funding from another grant would be used to complete the reconstruction of 0.7 miles of Watervliet Shaker Road from New Karner Road to Sand Creek Road and includes additional lanes to help with peak hour congestion, new traffic signals for pedestrians at intersections and a new bike route that would be a critical piece of completing the proposed “Albany Loop.”

The third application is for improvements on Albany Shaker Road between Wolf and Everett Roads that will include a reduced speed limit, new pedestrian crossing features like ADA approved ramps and additional crosswalks at a host of intersections along the route, including at Shaker El, Osborne Road and the Crossings and Emerick Lane. This comes on the heels of the recently released Albany Shaker Road Corridor Study and will complement the already planned installation of the traffic light at Shaker El set for the summer of 2019.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy