Exit 9 plans focus of second public workshop

When asked how they feel about roundabouts, they said they were concerned with the safety of them, but that they were getting used to using them in Malta.

"I think it is safe to say if you don't see the broad public support by residents, that won't be part of the plan," Hughes said in regards to constructing roundabouts in the area.

Another recommendation offered by the engineers was to substitute off-road trails with trails near roads to allow for use by pedestrians attempting to access retail establishments.

Landscaped medians were another feature of the plan. These medians provide green space and a refuge for walkers.

Overall, the public was pleased with plans to install these particular medians.

Hughes said he thought increased safety measures for pedestrians and bicyclists were useful.

"Everything is being done in a holistic way," Hughes said.

Halfmoon and Clifton Park undertook a joint study of the land in January.

More than 70 residents came to the first public workshop held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Halfmoon Senior Center, where residents shared their ideas the area off Exit 9, and offered suggestions to the planning consultants on how to proceed with the space.

At the time, residents were asked to consider a series of items, including opportunities within the study and land use strategies.

Preliminary goals of the study are to improve performance of transportation systems, enhance conditions for all travel modes especially pedestrian and bike traffic, and enhance the community character of the area.

Halfmoon and Clifton Park have worked together in the past on projects that have benefited the two communities, according to Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett.

According to the study, which is partially funded through a grant from the Capital District Transportation Committee's Linkage Program, 11,686 residents in the area are employed, and more than 50 percent commute to work outside the study area. Forty-two percent travel to Albany Count for work while 34 percent work in Saratoga County. They also concluded that 4,200 people work in the study area, and 90 percent drive by themselves to work.

The heaviest volume of traffic is between the Northway and Route 9 on Route 146.


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