GUILDERLAND — The state Department of Transportation will hold an online meeting Thursday to discuss plans for construction of a $3.25 million roundabout next year at state Route 146 and Lydius Street in Guilderland.
The well-traveled intersection is just over the Schenectady County line from Rotterdam. Aboout 13,000 vehicles per day use Route 146 — also known locally as Carman Road. it is a commuter route from the Rotterdam-Schenectady area to Route 20 going into Guilderland and Albany.
The online meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, and will be videocast on the project website at dot.ny.gov/146carmanroad, or people may participate by phone by calling 518-549-0500 and using the access code 161 348 0549.
The state’s plan calls for replacing the current light-controlled intersection with a one-lane roundabout. Plans also include a new sidewalk along the east side of Route 146 between Coons Road and the existing sidewalk north of Jessamine Lane. Route 146 will be resurfaced between Coons Road and the state Thruway bridge.
Work is expected to start in the spring of 2021 and be completed in a single construction season. DOT officials said it will improve safety for motorists and pedestrians while improving traffic flow and reducing traffic delays in the area.
DOT Region One spokesman Bryan Viggiani said this is the first time the regional office has conducted an online public meeting because of the COVID-19 pandemic, though it has been done in other parts of the state.
The session will feature a presentation about the project and give the public a chance to provide feedback. Written comments may also be sent to DOT at [email protected] through Aug. 17.