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Public meeting held to discuss roundabout by UAlbany

Legislators, concerned residents, and county officials discussed options to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Fuller road and the Washington avenue extension at a public information hearing on Thursday, June 26.

The public information meeting focused on two separate plans to improve traffic conditions. The first plan, and the focus of the meeting, is the potential construction the roundabout at the intersection of Fuller road and the Washington avenue extension. The second plan is a corridor project that would extend from Western avenue to Central avenue.

Plans to improve Fuller road, a county controlled motorway, have been in the works for five years, said Michael V. Franchini, Albany County Department of Public Works commissioner.

"We tried to meet with the stakeholders to make sure we weren't too off base. We didn't want to bring anything to the public that wasn't feasible," said Franchini.

The first project will cost $4.9 million. A federal fund would pay for $2 million, with the rest coming out of the county budget, according to a slideshow presentation shown at the meeting. The corridor plan will cost $12 million, all coming from the county.

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