Construction snarls Bethlehem-area roads

The Albany County Department of Public Works has two major road projects of their own in Bethlehem this summer, including the $5.7 million County Route 204 project, which will affect motorists traveling along Schoolhouse, Krumkill and Russell roads in the towns of Guilderland and Bethlehem from the state Thruway to the Albany city line.

"The project includes full-depth reconstruction on most of Schoolhouse Road and a roundabout at the intersection of Schoolhouse and Krumkill Roads," said Michael Franchini, Albany County Department of Public Works commissioner.

Sidewalks will also be installed along one side of the 2.2-mile stretch of road. The now 10-week old project will be complete in November allowing time for the state DOT to continue their Route 85 Slingerlands Bypass work next year.

"Our goal is to get our section done and be out of their way when the state works on their realignment next year," said Franchini.

A second county project affecting Bethlehem motorists this summer will be the County Route 102 project along Old Quarry Road and Star Road in the towns of Bethlehem and Coeymans.

"It's a very long road that runs along state Route 32 all the way to state Route 143," said Franchini.

Residents of Bethlehem and surrounding communities are welcome to attend a public meeting Thursday, August 2 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall regarding the Route 85 Slingerlands Bypass construction project. NYSDOT staff will be available to provide the community an opportunity to hear about what is to be constructed and what changes will affect travel patterns during the balance of the constructi


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