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Schenectady County to host Niskayuna roundabout meeting

Schenectady County to host Niskayuna roundabout meeting

River and Rosendale roads intersection sees major backups at rush hour
Schenectady County to host Niskayuna roundabout meeting
Traffic in April at the intersection of River and Rosendale roads in Niskayuna.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

Schenectady County will host a public information meeting next week to explain plans to construct a roundabout to ease traffic delays at River and Rosendale roads.

The meeting, being held as design work starts on the roundabout, will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Niskayuna Town Hall, 1 Niskayuna Circle.

The roundabout is expected to cost about $2 million, with the Federal Highway Administration paying 80 percent and the state Department of Transportation 15 percent. County officials said the goal is to enhance transportation safety, improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.

Currently, vehicles on Rosendale Road move unrestricted, but there is a stop sign at River Road. The moving traffic on Rosendale leads to delays at the stop sign and backups on River Road, especially during the evening rush hour, when workers at General Electric Global Research and the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory are leaving. State DOT figures show more than 10,000 vehicles use the intersection daily.

Niskayuna got its first roundabout in 2016 as part of the Rexford Bridge replacement project, and it has been generally well-received.

The proposed roundabout has been on traffic planners' radar for several years. Gov. Andrew Cuomo last April announced $1.5 million in funding for the project. The Capital District Transportation Committee, which controls federal transportation funding for Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Rensselaer counties, has also approved funding for the project.

County officials said the meeting will follow an open house format, with a brief formal presentation at 7 p.m., followed by a chance to talk with county representatives, ask questions and provide comments. Suggestions will be considered as the design work gets started.

People unable to attend the meeting may contact county Director of Engineering Paul Sheldon at 100 Kellar Ave., Schenectady, NY, 12306, or paul.sheldon@schenectadycounty.com.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, swilliams@dailygazette.net or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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