CLIFTON PARK — The town has finalized funding for an extensive joint project with Halfmoon that will see improvements made to the busy Sitterly Road intersection on their shared border.
The goal of the project 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 February and contracts awarded in the spring, with construction starting soon after that.
On Monday, the Clifton Park Town Board unanimously voted to finalize the funding for the project. Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said at the meeting that he was anticipating finally moving forward with the project after years of planning.
"We've been talking about this project for going on three years now," Barrett said. "It's an exciting project and I'm pleased that we're finally getting to the point where we will be putting the project out to bid."
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 turn 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 cost ($1.82 million) will be funded through the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, at no cost to the towns.
Barrett said he expects the project to be back before the board in March, when it awards a contract for construction of the project.