Get ready for another morning of traffic tie-ups in the Glenville area if you usually travel to work on Glenridge Road.
That road is closed again from Bruce Drive to Maple Avenue as state Department of Transportation crews install steel for the new B&M Railroad bridge over Glenridge. The two railroad bridges over the road are being replaced with wider ones to accommodate the road’s expansion. One underpass is currently so narrow that a traffic light allows one lane of traffic to pass at a time.
Traffic is being detoured onto Maple Avenue, Alplaus Avenue, Riverview Road (Saratoga County Route 88) and state Route 146.
The morning commute Wednesday was particularly hectic.
“The flow kept going but the [traffic] was pretty backed up there for awhile,” said Glenville Public Works Commissioner Tom Coppola. The peak 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. He said he heard it was a steady flow but slow.
Glenville police spokesman Lt. Stephen Janik said police did not receive any reports of accidents or other problems during the morning rush hour. He noted that people had plenty of warning about the closure, including an electronic message board.
“Some people tend to ignore those signs until the last minute,” he said.
Commuters have experienced this traffic headache before. During a two-day closure in November, Janik said, traffic backed up from Alplaus Avenue all the way back to Glenridge Road in the morning and from Alplaus Avenue to Riverview Road at night.
The good news is the road will be reopened at 3 p.m. today, according to DOT spokesman Bryan Viggiani. “We’d appreciate people’s patience. It’s necessary work that we’ve got to get done over there,” he said.
Motorists should leave an additional 10 to 15 minutes to get to their destination. For traffic updates, call 511 or visit www.511.org.
Viggiani said there will be no more closures in the near future and after they finish the steel work, the project will shut down for a month. Field work won’t resume until March 1, when workers will start to put down stone for the railroad bridge and install new tracks.
“We’re planning that all by the second week of March,” he said.
The bad news is that portion of the road will be closed again for the entire summer to finish installation of a roundabout at Glenridge Road and Maple and replace the bridge over Alplaus Kill.
This is the final year of a three-year, $12 million project to reconstruct a 1-mile section of Glenridge Road to create 11-foot-wide travel lanes and 6-foot-wide shoulders. The project is also improving drainage and lowering the slope of the road.
“We are on schedule to complete the project by Dec. 1 of this year,” Viggiani said.
The closure of the entire road is going to create even more problems, according to Janik. “It’s going to be a mess. You’ve got to put up with a few months of inconvenience to have a much better system.”
Glenville Director of Operations James MacFarland said the county is also planning a project to be completed ahead of the state project to do some widening and drainage improvements on Maple and Alplaus avenues. At that intersection, there will be dedicated turning lanes going left and right from Maple Avenue onto Alplaus Avenue and new traffic light installed.
As it is now, if a car is trying to take a left onto Alplaus Avenue, the traffic stacks up behind it.
“There’s no break in traffic to allow that left turn to be made,” he said. The project will be going out to bid fairly soon and work is slated for the spring.