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SCCC median to be permanent

Metroplex wants to spend $175K on new walkway

A chain linked fence keeps residents of College Suites from crossing Washington Street to the college Tuesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
A chain linked fence keeps residents of College Suites from crossing Washington Street to the college Tuesday.
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The temporary median that went up last year on Washington Avenue to direct foot traffic between Schenectady County Community College and the new student housing across the street will soon become permanent. Replacing the drab concrete and chain-link fence, though, will be a walkway of red brick, wrought iron fencing and decorative landscaping. “This will be much more attractive,” said Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority Chairman Ray Gillen. “The brick will match the old Van Curler ...


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hodgkins.t
June 27, 2013
11:33 a.m.

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David Giacalone was the force behind the installation of the pedestrian safety fence. "City officials immediately saw the need" is a very generous revision. However, I am glad they have recently taken additional measures to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection, but more could be done. Specifically, 'bump outs' should be installed to reduce the speed of cars traveling from the Gateway Bridge to Rt. 890. If there is a green light cars traveling east making the turn in front of the college travel at a high rate of speed, frequently shortcutting the turn. The traffic pattern was changed a few years ago to eliminate the lane closest to the sidewalk, but cars use that pavement non-lane zone to make their turn. If a sidewalk bump out was installed cars would have to reduce speed when making the turn, which would reduce the possibility of a pedestrian and car collision.

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