The Daily Gazette
The Locally Owned Voice of the Capital Region
Advertisement
Promotions

Roundabout?

Officials eye options for Erie Blvd.-Nott St. intersection

The intersection of Erie Boulevard and Nott Street in Schenectady Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
The intersection of Erie Boulevard and Nott Street in Schenectady Thursday.
  • FACEBOOK
  • TWITTER
  • GOOGLE+
  • LINKEDIN
  • PRINT
  • E-MAIL
Text Size: A | A

Schenectady officials are holding a public meeting next week at which they will discuss four separate options — including a roundabout — aimed at smoothing traffic at the intersection of Nott Street and Erie Boulevard. The public meeting will be held Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at College Park Hall, 450 Nott St. Other options include re-striping lanes and changing traffic signals and putting in a style of ramp that’s popular in New Jersey. ...


You Must Log-In or Subscribe to Continue Subscription Offer Individual stories can be found and purchased from our Archives for $2.00

Advertisement

comments

lknussman
December 6, 2013
11:52 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

I drive through this intersection all the time and have never noticed a huge problem. It would be lovely though to not have construction going on constantly in that area! Between the work being done on Erie, State Street, the Scotia Bridge...it is near impossible to travel around Scotia and Schenectady without hitting some kind of construction jam up. I'm sure it will all be lovely when it is done but now they are talking about tearing up Erie/Nott/Front...geez.

hodgkins.t
December 6, 2013
12:11 p.m.

[ Flag Post ]

Roundabouts are the most efficient form of intersection. They save people time and they reduce carbon emissions, because people spend less time sitting at red lights.

yuton
December 6, 2013
4:16 p.m.

[ Flag Post ]

Some suggestions:
1. No "pavers"! They inevitably break, becoming ugly and dangerous while requiring expensive, time-consuming and inconvenient repairs. Station police in all public meetings about traffic and roadway matters, to arrest anyone who suggests pavers for any project, anywhere.
2. No roundabout! Whatever gains in efficiency can be claimed for them are erased by increased crashes. Adding constriction and lane changes to an already congested situation is asking for trouble.
3. Congestion on Erie Blvd. is very time-specific and preventable simply by staggering work-shift times at GE. Erie works fine except when too many drivers try to use it at the same time.

ChuckD
December 6, 2013
6:31 p.m.

[ Flag Post ]

Predictably for this area, it's all about the cars. The sorry state of affairs for those who want to walk or bike or use public transportation is the clearest sign that we are so stuck in the 20th century.
.
I'm for option 2. Roundabouts have become such a scourge in this area I have to be suspicious. "Jug handles"? Please, it's a boulevard, not a highway.

hodgkins.t
December 9, 2013
4:51 p.m.

[ Flag Post ]

roundabouts are more efficient for cars and trucks, but that constant movement is incompatible with a pedestrian friendly intersection. with the high density of residents, and its proximity to downtown and the river parks, planners need to ensure that pedestrians and bikers are a significant engineering consideration.

Advertisement