Town agrees to sponsor Siena loop road project

"Every conceivable liability issue that that can be provided from the town will be insulated," said Delmanzo. "No one wants the town to carry any liability from this."

Councilman Brian Hogan asked Delmanzo, "At what cost will this be to the town?"

Delmanzo said none, since the project is almost entirely funded by the federal government. In addition, the college must match 20 percent of the bill.

While the costs of the project are substantial, Delmanzo said the benefit of having the loop road will be incredibly beneficial to students.

"I believe it will improve student life significantly," he said. "If the students have a tight schedule where they literally have to drive to a sports event and afterwards they have another obligation, then this will facilitate driving when they need to drive."

Beyond that, Delmanzo said he anticipates that project directors will incorporate adding a bike lane into the project for students who use alternate transit, as well as a sidewalk with side-lighting.

"The after-dark transit route should be better than what we currently have," he said.

At the original discussion on the issue, Councilman Bob Becker had asked, "Will this project do anything to help with parking?"

Becker had told Delmanzo that the town had been receiving several complaints from residents on Campus View Drive and other surrounding areas about students parking on residential streets surrounding the campus because there was not enough parking on campus.

Delmanzo said then that he did not think this project would do anything to curb those concerns, but that this project could be the first of many collaborative efforts between the college and the town.

In terms of when the project will be completed, Delmanzo said he would like to do it next summer, "but I think the prevailing wisdom is that it will be done the summer of 2010."


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