GLENVILLE -- Ideas for making the busy Freeman's Bridge Road corridor more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly will be presented at a public meeting on Tuesday, May 1, at the Glenville Senior Citizen Center on Worden Road.
The meeting is being hosted by consultant Planning4Places, of Niskayuna, which has been conducting a study for the town on how to improve both the look and feel of the corridor, parts of which are used by as many as 25,000 vehicles per day. It is Glenville's second-most-developed commercial corridor, after the Town Center area on Route 50.
"Freeman's Bridge Road is the next frontier," Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said at a meeting Thursday sponsored by the town and Glenville Business and Professional Association. "That's where we want to focus the town's resources over the coming years."
He said that the town's vision for the corridor has focused on retail development, but, given the struggles being experienced by brick-and-mortar retailers nationally, the town may need to develop a different concept.
The $50,000 study started a year ago included a public meeting in August and a community survey. The consultants are recommending a sidewalk and path be added to make the corridor more of a "complete street" for non-motorized use, while maintaining, for the most part, current travel lanes. One exception would be moving the point north of Maple Avenue where the road narrows from four lanes to two lanes to a point south of the Maple Avenue intersection.
Planting trees, creating a midroad median and other measures to improve the road's appearance are also under consideration.
If all the sidewalks, paths and other improvements were done, the cost is estimated at $3.7 million, according to the draft concept plan.
Jeff Pangburn, an engineer with Creighton Manning engineering firm in Albany, said that Freeman's Bridge Road might be a good candidate for night construction, because of the high volume of traffic it experiences during the day. Business owners have expressed some concerns about having their businesses disrupted during any construction.
The May 1 meeting will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.