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Access-road study moving to DOT

December 19, 2012
LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - Mayor Dayton King said he expects the Route 30A break-in-access traffic study to be submitted to the state Department of Transportation during the beginning of the new year.

The Common Council unanimously approved the study findings conducted by Long Island-based Greenman-Pedersen Inc. Engineering and Construction Services at its meeting Tuesday and granted the company permission to finalize the study and submit it to state DOT, Region 2.

King also was authorized by the council to sign all documents necessary to complete the process.

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The Leader-Herald / Levi Pascher
Gloversville Mayor Dayton King is shown at the Common?Council meeting Tuesday.

The draft study will be submitted to DOT for comment. The comments received will be used 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.

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 Greenman-Pedersen 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.

Mayor asked to resign

City resident Bob Castiglione asked for the resignation of King during the public session at the end of the meeting Tuesday.

"I am not going to get into any of the details with any particularity or specificity. However, there is a fact field of information that compels me to demand Dayton King resign the office of mayor," Castiglione said.

Castiglione said this morning he is reluctant to provide any information that would cause prejudice in a future court case.

However, Castiglione claims King has improperly used the vehicle provided to the mayor by the city.

Castiglione said Tuesday he will petition the state's attorney general, comptroller, ethics commission and the governor's office if King does not resign.

King had no comment Tuesday about Castiglione's request, but this morning King responded to the claim he is misusing the city vehicle.

"I am not misusing the city vehicle and I think these accusations are nonsense," King said.

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

 
 

 

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