CLIFTON PARK — The state Department of Transportation released details about upcoming lane shifts that will begin on Monday, July 22, as part of the construction of a large, two-lane roundabout at the Route 146-Vischer Ferry Road intersection.
During this phase of construction, DOT will convert the two slip ramps connecting Route 146 and Route 146A into travel lanes, allowing westbound motorists to travel around the center of the intersection, where much of the roundabout is being built this summer.
Eastbound traffic will primarily use the current alignment during this phase of work. Northbound and southbound traffic will travel around the center of the intersection.
The traffic signal at this location will be removed, with incoming traffic yielding to vehicles traveling counterclockwise around the construction in the center.
This temporary traffic pattern is expected to remain in place until September.
The existing intersection has been acknowledged as a treacherous spot in town for years.
Designated as a “high accident” location by the DOT since 1997, a traffic study was conducted to determine ways to slow traffic, prevent accidents and decrease driving delays during busy traffic times.
Estimated to cost approximately $3.9 million, the roundabout is designed to ease the heavy traffic flow in the area by creating a more free-flowing pattern, as well as cut congestion, wait and commute times.