The controversial new roundabouts on Round Lake Road are open, the half-mile of road improvement completed, and town officials are planning a ribbon-cutting for the improvements at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ruhle Road roundabout west of Northway Exit 11.
The project included two new roundabouts that drew opposition from some local residents, but town officials said it was essential to improve the road, given the amount of increased traffic it is expected to see due to residential growth in the town of Ballston, and commercial development near the exit.
In addition to constructing roundabouts at Ruhle-Raylinsky roads and at Chango Drive, the project added new sidewalks and pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. “The project and new intersection designs accomplish the town’s goal to improve the interaction between the pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular uses along one of the major east-west corridors in the town, the primary access to Chango Elementary School and primary access to the Malta Mall,” town officials said in announcing the ribbon-cutting.
Town Supervisor Paul J. Sausville and other town officials are expected to attend, along with Pete Bardunias of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga and Karen Skarka, principal of Chango.
The $4.5 million project was funded through the Federal Highway Administration, state Department of Transportation, Capital District Transportation Committee and the town, with the federal government covering 80 percent of the cost.
Rifenburg Construction of Brunswick built the project over the last five months; it was designed by Creighton Manning Engineers of Albany.