CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — Roadway construction projects for the Route 146 roundabout and on the Shenendehowa School District campus are moving forward at lightning speed and drivers in town should be aware of both.
The state Department of Transportation Monday announced that ongoing work on the $3.9 million roundabout at the intersection of routes 146 and 146 A (aka Vischer Ferry Road) will necessitate lane shifts and a traffic pattern change beginning Monday, July 22.
The intersection averages 33,500 vehicles a day.
During this phase of construction vehicles heading west on Route 146 will be diverted around the center of the intersection through the use of the two familiar “slip ramps” heading to and from Route 146A.
Starting Monday, DOT will convert the two ramps connecting Route 146 and Route 146A into travel lanes which will allow westbound motorists to travel around the center of the intersection where much of the roundabout is under construction.
Eastbound traffic on Route 146 will primarily use the current road alignment during this phase of the work.
Northbound and southbound traffic on Route 146A and Vischer Ferry Road will travel around the center of the intersection. However, the traffic signal at this location will be removed.
All vehicles entering the new traffic alignment are required to yield to those vehicles that are traveling counterclockwise (from the driver’s left) around the construction. Vehicles already in the traffic flow have the right of way. The temporary traffic pattern is expected to remain in place until September.
In a preliminary notice on the project, DOT officials said two-weekend closures of the intersection are planned to occur during the summer. The closures will be announced in advance, and detours will be posted. Some night work is anticipated. The work zone speed limit is 35 miles per hour, a reduction from the posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour.
The roundabout is expected to be open to traffic this fall, and the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
Motorists are urged to slow down and safely move over when approaching roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights, including maintenance and construction vehicles in work zones.
According to DOT, fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005 convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.
Construction projects on the Shen campus and other district facilities for the summer are well underway. Projects affecting the main roads on the campus include the two entrances to the campus from Moe Road and the main entrance from Route 146.
The northern entrance to High School East from Moe Road was closed as of July 10 to allow an additional traffic lane to be built. All cross-campus traffic using Moe Road will enter from the southern High School East access drive off Moe Road and follow the signs for new traffic patterns. The signs may change by the week.
The main entrance to the campus from Route 146 will have intermittent lane changes and re-routing due to the new configuration. Work is already underway on a new traffic pattern for campus roads at that location. Shen officials said drivers should expect delays and flagger controls similar to any road construction project.
Work on some of the district's facilities also includes a complete renovation of the kitchen and cafeteria in High School East as well as cafeteria floor tile work in the Karigon/Orenda Elementary School building and the Skano/Tesago Elementary School building.
For more information on the DOT roundabout project go to https://www.dot.ny.gov/news/press-releases/2019/2019-05-281