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Slingerlands Bypass project to close portion of local road network

Motorists who travel Route 85 in the town of Bethlehem may have noticed substantive progress on the state Department of Transportation's Slingerlands Bypass project, awarded to Delaney Construction Company earlier this year.

As of 9 a.m. Friday July 27, a portion of the local road network will be closed to through traffic to facilitate the widening of the structure that carries Route 85/Blessing Road intersection.

After Friday morning's peak traffic flow, Route 85 will not be accessible from Blessing Road for approximately eight weeks.

A signed detour route will be in place, providing guidance to motorists to follow Krumkill Road to access Route 85. The total detour length is 4 miles.

The department has coordinated this effort in recognition of the county's ongoing work in the vicinity of Schoolhouse and Russell roads, as well as another ongoing DOT project along Route 85 in the city of Albany, near the Harriman Campus.

Affected community officials, schools, and emergency responders have been contacted.

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