CLIFTON PARK — Residents of Clifton Park and Halfmoon got their first look Wednesday at a project meant to curb accidents and reduce traffic jams on a busy connector road between the towns.
Sitterly Road crosses the town border at Woodin Road, where there is a traffic signal. Just 480 feet to the west, at the intersection with Crossing Boulevard in Clifton Park, there is another traffic signal that operates independently of the signal at the border with Halfmoon. During peak traffic, the unsynchronized programming of the lights, along with the absence of dedicated turning lanes, creates delays in the area.
The project will see the implementation of synchronized traffic signals. Turning lanes will also be added and, to improve pedestrian access, a sidewalk will also be extended from Crossing Boulevard to Lakeview Drive.
The project, which has a total cost of $1.95 million, will utilize a combination of town, federal and state funding.
The traffic signal portion of the project will cost $132,000. Eighty percent, or $105,600, will be covered by the federal Transportation Improvement Program.
Clifton Park and Halfmoon will cover the remaining 20 percent of the costs of the traffic signals, at $13,200 per each town.
The rest of the project ($1.820 million) will be funded with State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funding, at no cost to the towns.
Final plans for the project are expected to be approved by the state next month, said Chad Schneider, of M.J. Engineering, the project designers. Construction should start in either the spring or summer of 2019, and the work is expected to be complete by the following fall.
Right now, Schneider said, according to traffic analysis, the Sitterly Road portion of the area has approximately 1.37 accidents per million vehicle miles, and the Woodin Road portion has 0.97 accidents per million vehicle miles. He pointed out that the area also sees clusters of rear-end collisions and said that the road improvements will lessen those accidents as well.
At the public hearing at the Clifton-Park Ambulance Corps on Crossing Boulevard, officials of the towns acknowledged the traffic issues have long been a hindrance in the area.
“We know that this is an important project to both towns,” Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said.
“This is a positive step toward some traffic improvements that have been long awaited,” Halfmoon Town Supervisor Kevin Tollisen added.