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Malta wants GloFo to pay for more traffic improvements

Company says request is unfair

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The Malta Town Board wants GlobalFoundries to help pay for planned improvements on Round Lake Road west of Northway Exit 11 — but the company is resisting. A majority of the Town Board wants the computer chip giant to fund the entire local share of the improvements — as much as $1 million — as part of compensation for increased traffic, if a second GlobalFoundries factory is built in Luther Forest. But the company is ...

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May 22, 2013
10:22 p.m.

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Part of the problem at Exit 11 is the timing of the traffic light at the intersection of Round Lake Road with Ruhle Road South and Raylinsky. I've timed it a number of times over the last month or so. From the time the last car clears off either of those two side roads, the delay is about 15 seconds of dead time when nothing is moving. I have, more than once, been able to crest the hill northbound on Raylinsky, have a green light in view with no one else on either Raylinsky or Ruhle, and make that light before it turns, not exceeding the 40 MPH speed limit. It seems to me that if someone wanted to exacerbate the traffic situation there in order to make certain traffic "improvements", such as roundabouts, seem more attractive, artificially increasing the delay times on the current traffic signal would be one easy way of doing it. Just as a point of comparison, a rough estimate of the delay coming off Moe Road onto Grooms in Clifton Park seems to be about 5 to 7 seconds.