Saratoga County

Two roundabout contracts awarded

By late fall, there will be two new roundabouts at intersections on Dunning Street, just east of the

By late fall, there will be two new roundabouts at intersections on Dunning Street, just east of the series of five roundabout around Northway Exit 12.

The Town Board on Monday awarded the construction contract for both to a Troy company, Delsignore Asphalt Paving, for a price of $2,367,446.

Delsignore submitted the lowest price of four companies that bid on the job, town officials said.

The work will be starting within a few weeks at the intersection where Dunning Street meets Fox Wander West and Partridge Drum in the Luther Forest housing development, and also at the sharp curve where Dunning meets Plains and Hermes roads, at the entrance to the Saratoga Technology and Energy Park.

The side streets currently have stop signs, with no traffic control devices on Dunning Street.

The tight rotaries are intended to smooth the flow of traffic at entrances to the Luther Forest development during commuting hours, and to slow drivers down on Dunning Street.

Dunning Street is used by nearly 12,000 vehicles per day, according to a study done by Saratoga County in 2004.

Dunning is also a prime connector road between Stillwater and the Northway. It is expected to see a general increase in traffic because of the planned development of the Luther Forest Technology Campus and the state-run STEP energy research park.

Resident Paula Hayes-Fanning said the town needs to come up with mitigation measures to reduce the impact of the roundabout construction and associated noise on nearby homes.

The state DOT was already providing a $2.1 million grant to cover most of the cost, and within the last week came up with an additional $117,446, after the low bid price proved higher than anticipated.

Prices were higher because of the rising cost of petroleum products and asphalt, Town Comptroller Kevin T. King said last week.

The roundabouts will be single-lane circles, smaller than the series of five two-lane roundabouts on Route 67 near Exit 12.

King said DOT has also informed him that a new roundabout will be built at Route 9 and Stonebreak Road, about a half-mile south of Malta Corners, in 2010.

Stonebreak will be one of the two main entrances to the Luther Forest Technology Campus, where Advanced Micro Devices has proposed building a computer chip factory. That entrance road is currently under construction.

The Town Board also voted Monday to support a $1.2 million state grant application being made by Saratoga Preserving Land and Nature, to create a new off-road recreation trail through the Ballston Creek valley. It would connect the county’s Zim Smith trail to another PLAN trail on the other side of the Ballston Creek, and then extend the trail to the Luther Forest Technology Campus.

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