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Kinns Road to be shut down for a day for excavation

Kinns Road to be shut down for a day for excavation

Part of busy Kinns Road will be closed Wednesday while Saratoga County makes repairs prior to a pavi

Part of busy Kinns Road will be closed Wednesday while Saratoga County makes repairs prior to a paving project.

The eastbound lane between Pierce Road and Route 9 will be closed and its traffic detoured, but westbound traffic will be unaffected, although there are likely to be delays.

“The road is under construction, and we have to excavate in one area of the east lane where the sub-base is bad, excavate right down to the sub-base,” said county Deputy Public Works Commissioner Tom Speziale.

Work is expected to take place between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., and be completed by the end of the day, Speziale said. The project depends on fair weather though — in the event of foul weather, the work will be postponed.

Eastbound traffic will be detoured onto Pierce and Usher roads to reach Route 9.

Traffic volumes are high enough that having the road remain open with alternating one-way traffic “would be miserable,” Speziale said.

“There will be delays,” he acknowledged.

An electronic message sign in Kinns Road has been warning that the road would be closed the week of May 2, creating the impression the road might be closed all week. “They weren’t sure what day the work was going to get done,” Speziale said. “Now they’re changing the sign.”

Starting May 10, the entire 2.66-mile length of Kinns Road from Route 146A to Route 9 will be repaved, under a county project expected to cost about $314,000. That work, being done by county public works crews, is expected to take only a few days, since the road is simply being leveled and resurfaced.

There are bound to be delays, though.

Between 5,300 and 6,200 vehicles per day use the road, according to state Department of Transportation figures. That makes it one of the busiest roads in the county road system. Drivers use it as a shortcut between Route 146A and Route 9, or combine it with Plank Road to reach Clifton Park’s shopping district.

“It’s an important connector route,” said Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett.

But, he added, the road badly needs repair. Temporary surface-patching was done in some areas last fall.

“If you’ve been on it, you know how bad it is,” Barrett said.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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