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Engineering firm hired to conduct Saratoga County traffic study

Engineering firm hired to conduct Saratoga County traffic study

Creighton Manning Engineers of Colonie has been hired to conduct a $500,000 study of the impact Glob
Engineering firm hired to conduct Saratoga County traffic study
Vehicles roll through a roundabout at Northway Exit 12 in Malta in February 2012.

Creighton Manning Engineers of Colonie has been hired to conduct a $500,000 study of the impact GlobalFoundries and other development is having on traffic in central Saratoga County.

The Center for Economic Growth is administering the study, with a $250,000 grant from National Grid and other funding through a variety of sources.

The study won’t be finished until the spring of 2016.

Creighton Manning’s proposal was selected from among three, said Center for Economic Growth President F. Michael Tucker. The firm is one of the most experienced in the Capital Region in doing traffic management studies.

The regional study, which has been under discussion for the last year, will evaluate the current and predicted traffic and transportation needs of Saratoga County, including the potential for a new Northway exit north of Round Lake. Such information would be needed to justify federal funding for a new exit, but could also be used to plan other traffic improvements.

The Capital District Transportation Committee, which oversees transportation planning for Saratoga, Albany, Schenectady and Rensselaer counties, will oversee technical aspects of the study.

National Grid recently approved the grant, after the other $250,000 was raised from local sources, including Saratoga County, the towns of Malta and Stillwater, GlobalFoundries and the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency.

Plans for the study grew out of meetings organized since early last year by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, in an effort to address concerns about regional transportation planning and how to finance it.

While much of the Malta-Stillwater traffic growth is attributed to the 2,400 permanent workers and 3,000 construction workers now at GlobalFoundries, other development is also occurring. The Route 67 corridor east of the Northway is also seeing hundreds of big trucks because of the intermodal facility at the re-established Halfmoon railyard, and the town of Stillwater is looking for more development along Route 67.

“This traffic study will provide Saratoga County and New York state with the critical data it needs to make cost-effective decisions about the infrastructure needs of our community,” Tonko said in a statement Thursday.

National Grid is contributing the money through an economic development fund it maintains.

“Investment in infrastructure, from electricity to roadways, is vitally important to growing our local economy,” said Cheri Warren, National Grid’s senior vice-president of asset management.

Malta and Stillwater officials both said they’re eager to see the study get started.

“Both Saratoga County and the town of Malta will benefit from the information collected through this important study,” said Malta town Supervisor Paul Sausville, who is also chairman of the county Board of Supervisors.

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