The state plans to construct turn lanes at the intersection of Balltown Road and Riverview Road next year to relieve congestion along the busy Saratoga County corridor, officials said.
But a long-term solution to the heavy congestion along Route 146 between Aqueduct Road and Glenridge Road is still years away.
“According to the current schedule, we are looking to put in turn lanes. There is a right turn lane from Balltown Road north to Riverview. We are looking at adding more turn lanes at each approach to the intersection,” said Peter Van Keuren, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
Work is tentatively scheduled to begin next summer at a cost estimated to be between $250,000 and $500,000.
“That corner is pretty congested. We are hoping this solution will provide relief to the congestion by taking the left turn out of the flow of traffic,” Van Keuren said.
Project Manager Richard Filkins said the plan is to add northbound and southbound left turn lanes on Route 146 and extend the northbound right turn lane on Route 146 at Riverview Road.
Filkins called this a short-term solution. The long-term solution is to widen the Route 146 corridor from two lanes to five lanes and replace the Rexford Bridge, but that solution would cost approximately $50 million.
“The problem with that is that we never had enough money to build that solution. We do not see that becoming affordable anytime soon,” Filkins said.
The state has been looking at the solution since 1998, he said.