Pangburn said the county is working with the towns of Guilderland and New Scotland, but it was difficult as engineers to influence the decision.
"This is more relevant to the towns' regulatory and political conditions. Should the towns want to incorporate it in, it must be driven by the town supervisors," he said.
Claire Nolan of McKownville said she is an avid bicycle rider and welcomes the fact the county is constructing pedestrian paths and bicycle shoulders.
"People will start listening to their hearts and ride bikes more," she said.
Joe Satalino of Johnston Road said he has no confidence that the engineers will do a good job at reconstructing the road, and when something goes wrong the county will not act. "We just want to be left alone," Satalino said.
New Scotland Supervisor-elect Thomas Dolin lauded the highway improvement project.
"New Scotland in general is a popular biking center with nearby Thacher Park and Route 85," Dolin said. "This is a nice improvement for the community and for those outside the community who love to go biking."
Dolin said he wants to have discussions with Albany County to allow the project to be split into two parts so the town can have time to form a water district to provide a water main to New Scotland residents. He said the process could take as long as six months.""