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Public can comment on Exit 9 gateway

Residents of Clifton Park and Halfmoon will have the chance to voice their visions for the gateway between the towns of Clifton Park and Halfmoon, off Exit 9 on the Northway.

The two towns will seek input on a study of the area, which began in November, during a public workshop scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Halfmoon Senior Center on Lower Newton Road, at 7 p.m.

We are excited to be spearheading this effort as the Exit 9 area is the center for both our communities, said supervisors Phil Barrett of Clifton Park and Mindy Wormuth of Halfmoon in a prepared statement.

The highly commercial area, where both Star Plaza and Clifton Park Center are housed, has not been evaluated in more than 10 years. A study, partially funded by a grant from the Capital District Transportation Committee's Linkage Program, would determine the best possible uses for the land. Specifically, it would look at the movement of traffic, ways to make the area more accessible to pedestrians and bikers, as well as how to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the area.

Both towns said the study is opportune, as the area continues to grow with a 190-unit senior housing development being built off the exit.

The study advisory board will issue its recommendations this summer.

"This is an important and highly visible gateway to our communities," said Clifton Park councilman Scott Hughes, who also serves on the study advisory committee. "I am confident this study will help us find smart solutions to improve the flow of traffic, ease congestion, and make the exit more aesthetically appealing.""

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