The major work on a brand new roundabout in the Town of Clifton Park has been completed, according to the New York state Department of Transportation.
NYSDOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez announced last week that all major construction had been completed on the $3.9 million project that turned the intersection of Route 146 and Vischer Ferry Road in Clifton Park, Saratoga County, into a modern, two-lane roundabout.
The redesign not only improves mobility along the busy Route 146 corridor but also enhances safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.
"All over the Empire State, Governor Cuomo is making smart investments in transportation infrastructure a priority,” Dominguez said in a prepared statement. “This new roundabout is easing traffic flow, reducing delays and strengthening walking and cycling connections to the town’s trail network, linking to the Shenendehowa Central Schools campus and the nearby town park and athletic fields.”
The intersection of Route 146 and Vischer Ferry Road, which is close to the center of Clifton Park, sees an average of 33,500 vehicles per day, according to a press release from NYSDOT. It connects the eastern and western ends of town along Route 146. Clifton Park Town Hall and popular athletic fields and ice rinks at Clifton Common are located just south of the new roundabout.
The roundabout project has gone through a highly public design process prior to reaching its final design.
The design incorporates details that stemmed from concerns raised during the project's public comment period.
The new roundabout features high-visibility signage — including rectangular rapid-flashing beacons — to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians and dismounted cyclists, allowing them to safely navigate through the roundabout. Crosswalks were installed just outside the main flow of traffic.
A new multi-use path was added along eastbound Route 146, west of the new roundabout, connecting to two multi-use paths and enhancing walking and bicycling opportunities.
A flagpole with benches and lighting was added at the northeast corner of the intersection. A new gateway area and green space was reclaimed following the removal of two small highway ramps.
The center apron of the roundabout features stamped, green-colored concrete to reflect the green and white colors of the Shenendehowa school district, whose primary campus entrance is about a half-mile to the east.
The intersection also includes new LED lighting and enhanced drainage to better control stormwater runoff. Project landscaping will be completed in the spring.
Preston Allen, chair of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors said in a prepared statement, “Saratoga County thanks New York State for funding and completing this project expeditiously with a minimum of traffic disruption. We look forward to the benefits of increased safety and traffic flow through this high volume intersection.”
“The Town of Clifton Park has realized a substantial improvement in traffic flow along the busy Route 146 corridor since the new roundabout was opened in late 2019. We thank NYSDOT for their cooperation and partnership as the project commenced and we look forward to working with them on future traffic flow enhancement projects in the near future," Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said in a statement about the roundabout.