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Bridge bottleneck

Rexford Bridge could get roundabout

Traffic woes common at Mohawk River crossing

Traffic queues up at the Rexford Bridge at Balltown and Aqueduct roads in Niskayuna in this November 2013 photo.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Traffic queues up at the Rexford Bridge at Balltown and Aqueduct roads in Niskayuna in this November 2013 photo.
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Plans for a roundabout near the Rexford Bridge have come full-circle. Officials with the state Department of Transportation are again considering one for the troubled intersection of Route 146 and Aqueduct Road as they contemplate what to do with the aging structure across the Mohawk River. Spokesman Bryan Viggiani said the discussion about the intersection is still preliminary, but one option would be to build a roundabout to help reduce some of the traffic problems ...

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rswanker
November 16, 2013
7:21 a.m.

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Yes. Please build it. Some will complain, but all of us will benefit from the smoother flow and not having to wait for the light.

KZKlimber
November 16, 2013
10:13 a.m.

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While it will help with the morning traffic flow, it won't do much in the evening. The real problem is the traffic intersection and light north of the bridge. The lack of action for so many years to address this problem is unacceptable. The turning lanes added a few years ago have not been very effective since there is much more traffic on both 146 and Alplaus Ave to deal with. While commuter traffic is a major inconvenience, the impact on the main route to Ellis Hospital from Saratoga County for ambulance traffic is scary.

Madison
November 16, 2013
5:53 p.m.

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Roundabout coming full circle. Any pun intended?

ChuckD
November 16, 2013
9:28 p.m.

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And once again DOT leaves cyclists out of the equation. You could argue not many are served by providing consideration for cyclists but it's a chicken and egg dilemma. DOT should follow the lead of other states and be encouraging transportation means other than cars.
In other words, come into the 21 first century.

rbonn
November 17, 2013
11:47 a.m.

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Both cycling and walking in the area of the bridge are problematic and at rush hours downright scary. I have done both, and strongly support considering bikers and walkers when planning for the future. Encouraging biking to work is both good for the environment and good for personal fitness.

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