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Gloversville council may adopt study findings

December 17, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The Common Council is expected to pass a resolution to adopt the findings of the state Route 30A break-in-access traffic study at a meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

The access road would run west of Route 30A and parallel to it for about a mile between South Kingsboro Avenue and Steele Avenue. The road would have direct access to South Kingsboro Avenue at one end and Steele Avenue at the other end. It also could connect with Route 30A at the halfway point. The proposed roadway would stretch 1.15 miles across nine parcels of privately owned land.

The city hired the Long Island-based Greenman-Pedersen Inc. Engineering and Construction Services for up to $25,000 to study the feasibility of the access road, and it made a public presentation of the study Dec. 11.

The study showed if the city is granted permission to build a direct access road off Route 30A, it will increase traffic on the state road by more than 145 percent compared to the city using an alternate plan to access properties, being eyed for potential development, using city roads.

However, if the road can't be built with direct access to Route 30A, the study showed it would create extreme congestion at the Steele Avenue and Route 30A intersection, and would need major changes - such as a five-leg roundabout -to mitigate the traffic conditions.

The goal of the traffic study was to take the first necessary step to obtain state Department of Transportation acceptance of the city's request to allow new access on Route 30A.

If the study is adopted by the council, the city will then submit a draft study to the state DOT for comment and use the comments received to finalize the study. The city then will need to revise its zoning and master plan to accommodate the access road and submit a "Break in Access" request packet that includes the study to the DOT for approval.

Sixth Ward Councilman, Wrandy Siarkowski, expressed no concerns with the study this morning.

"I think the study was very well done, and based on their presentation, I think the access [road] is very doable," he said. "From what I can tell, everyone was pleased with it."

The council also plans to have a discussion with Councilman-At-Large James Robinson about the Council Rules regarding committees and any changes to be made for 2013.

Levi Pascher covers Gloversville news. He can be reached by email at gloversville@leaderherald.com.

 
 

 

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