The Capital District Transportation Committee has released a draft five-year, $490 million transportation spending plan, and will hold an open house to explain the plan on Tuesday, May 7, in Colonie.
The draft 2019-2024 Transportation Improvement Plan proposes highway, bridge and transit spending projects, using federal transportation funds. It proposing spending in all four Capital Region counties, including major projects in Clifton Park, Glenville and Schenectady.
The open house-style meeting to discuss the plans will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Colonie Public Library, 629 Albany-Shaker Road, Colonie. There will be staff presentations at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to explain how the list was developed.
The plan, which would replace the current 2016-2021 plan, will cover the federal fiscal years between Oct. 1, 2019 and Sept. 30, 2024. The plan is developed by CDTC staff with input from the state Department of Transportation and others.
In Clifton Park, the projects being proposed within the next five years include $4.4 million for safety improvements at the Routes 146-146A intersection, along with an estimated $182,000 in cycling or pedestrian improvements in the area. In later years -- probably beyond 2024 -- there's a $4.9 million plan to reconstruct the critical Route 146-Clifton Country Road intersection, possibly the busiest in Saratoga County.
In Glenville, projects include a $3.2 million rehabilitation of Freeman's Bridge, along with a "complete streets" project along Freemans Bridge Road and $300,000 in grade crossing improvements where railroad tracks cross Freemans Bridge Road. In Niskayuna, there's funding for the Nott Street/Balltown Road intersection realignment and the proposed roundabout at River and Rosendale roads -- both projects are already well into the planning process.
In the city of Schenectady, $5.3 million is allocated for the Kings Road bridge replacement, and $3.5 million to replace the Francis Street bridge over Interstate-890. In Duanesburg, there are plans to spend $2.8 million to repair or replace the Route 20 bridge over the Schoharie Creek.
The plan also includes funding for more-routine projects, including resurfacing of the Northway and other interstate and local highways.
All the spending, however, is subject to congressional approval of the necessary federal funds.
Following public comment and any changes in response to it, CDTC officials said they expect the plan to be adopted at the June 6 meeting of the CDTC Policy Board, which will make it final.