A long-awaited project on Sitterly Road will commence construction in 2020 as a collaboration between the towns of Clifton Park and Halfmoon.
The goal of the project, according to both towns, is to mitigate vehicle backups at the notably busy intersection by utilizing two interconnected traffic signals on Sitterly Road at Crossing Boulevard and Woodin Road.
Bids for the project are expected to be requested in the winter of 2020 and awarded in the spring, with construction starting soon after that.
Residents of Clifton Park and Halfmoon got a first look at the project a year ago.
Sitterly Road crosses the towns' border at Woodin Road, where there is a traffic signal. Just 480 feet to the west, at Crossing Boulevard in Clifton Park, there is another traffic signal that operates independently. During peak traffic, the unsynchronized programming of the lights, along with the absence of dedicated turning lanes, creates delays in the area.
The project will see the implementation of synchronized traffic signals. Turning lanes will also be added and, to improve pedestrian access, a sidewalk will be extended from Crossing Boulevard to Lakeview Drive.
The project, which has a total anticipated cost of $1.95 million, will utilize a combination of town, federal and state funding.
The traffic signal portion of the project will cost $132,000. Eighty percent, or $105,600, will be covered by the federal Transportation Improvement Program.
Clifton Park and Halfmoon will cover the remaining 20 percent of the costs of the traffic signals, at $13,200 each. The rest of the project ($1.82 million) will be funded with State Transportation Improvement Program funding, at no cost to the towns.