Glenridge Road bridge-crash reduction plan in Glenville carries $1.8M price tag

A February crash.
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A February crash.

ALBANY — Plans for improving Glenridge Road to reduce the number of trucks smashing into a low railroad bridge in eastern Glenville took another step forward Wednesday.

The Capital District Transportation Committee’s planning committee backed a $1.8 million appropriation for the project. It will entail installation of an electronic height detection system to warn drivers of oversize trucks about the bridge and construction of a turnaround area on the side of Glenridge Road.

It’s a state project because Glenridge Road also is state Route 914V.

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Scores of trucks have hit the bridge, which has 10 feet and 11 inches of clearance under it. The great majority were heading west from Clifton Park to Glenville, and many of the drivers apparently were relying on non-commercial GPS systems that don’t flag the low clearance.

A phalanx of signs line the approach to the bridge, but some truckers drive past one after another without stopping. 

The fact that another railroad bridge on the same stretch of road has more than 15 feet of clearance doesn’t help.

CDTC is the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady County, and almost all of Saratoga County; it selects state-funded transportation projects that will receive federal reimbursement.

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Discussion at Wednesday’s planning committee meeting was a bit handicapped by the fact that the 2022-2023 state budget had not been approved. 

The process entails a system of points that CDTC awards during the planning process based on cost, benefit and merit. The projects with the highest point totals have the highest priority for funding.

Here are some of the top-scoring candidates being considered for funding in the 2022-2027 Transportation Improvement Program:

PAVEMENT REPLACEMENT

  • Frisbie Avenue reconstruction, two sections, Albany, $624,000 + $602,000
  • Improvement of five intersections on Brandywine Avenue and McClellan Street, Schenectady, $1.72 million
  • Central Avenue reconstruction, Albany, $6 million
  • Washington Avenue, Albany, $9.6 million

PAVEMENT REPAIR

  • Interstate 90 resurfacing, two directions, Albany, $4.5 million + $4.2 million
  • Northway resurfacing, Albany County, $14.3 million
  • Central Avenue drainage repair, resurfacing, Colonie, $11.1 million
  • Interstate 890 resurfacing, Rotterdam and Schenectady, $5.3 million

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN

  • Freemans Bridge Road Multiuse Path Phase II, Glenville, $1.6 million
  • Craig Street Connector, Schenectady, $4.79 million
  • Central Park Connector Expansion, Schenectady, $536,000
  • Pedestrian/handicapped traffic signal improvement, 12 intersections, downtown Saratoga Springs, $107,000 
  • Grand Boulevard Pedestrian Safety project, Niskayuna, $1.72 million

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

  • Route 32 over Fish Creek, Saratoga, $1.38 million
  • Northway Exit 16 bridge (plus interchange improvements), Wilton, $11.1 million
  • Route 29 over railroad tracks, Saratoga Springs, $2.1 million
  • Route 396 over Coeymans Creek, Bethlehem, $2.2 million
  • Dimmick Road, Wilton, $1.8 million

BRIDGE REPAIR

  • West Milton Road, Milton, $1.7 million
  • Heath Road, Corinth, $374,000
  • Crane Street, Schenectady, $4.2 million
  • I-787 South Mall Interchange, Albany, $17.3 million
  • Route 146 over I-890, Schenectady, $9.7 million

INTERSECTION SAFETY

  • Kinns Road-Plank Road, Clifton Park, $2 million
  • Northern Pines Road roundabouts, Wilton, $3.8 million
  • River Street-Ferry Street, Troy, $4.8 million
  • Route 236-Guideboard Road, Halfmoon, $5.3 million
  • Northline Road-Route 50, Milton, $4.7 million

OTHER

  • Planning and environmental study, Washington Avenue-State Street intersection, Schenectady, $440,000.

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