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DOT refines Route 9 plans

"They're very happy, they like the idea," she said. "I think they're [the changes] necessary with the bypass. The purpose was to keep the traffic out of the village and they still have a way through."

She said that a few have raised concerns that terminating Maltaville will simply increase traffic on Goldfoot Road to the north, but if that occurs, traffic mitigation measures can be put in place.

Residents also hope that a bridge on Maltaville remains open, said Sacks, and it looks like the DOT will aim to keep it in place.

"Many people use the bridge for their recreation, they use it to fish or launch their canoes," said Sacks.

Cutting down on traffic through the historic village is a priority for both the DOT and Round Lake officials. With a $40 million railroad yard planned for Mechanicville and a GlobalFoundries microchip manufacturing plant already under construction in Malta, it is expected that activity in this area of the county is poised to increase dramatically in coming years.

The opening of the 1.6-mile Round Lake Bypass in July helped to clear traffic in the village of 625, said Sacks.

"We are certainly thrilled to death with the bypass," she said. "I can see the change in traffic almost immediately. We don't have trouble getting out of side roads."

The $22.4 million road encouraged northbound and southbound traffic to avoid the village and stay off George Avenue. Cutting off Maltaville should do much the same for east-west motorists.

Those entering the Round Lake area will still be greeted by "gateway" decorative signage that is to be part of the DOT's upcoming Route 9 plans.

DOT has budgeted $750,000 for the project, which is tentatively slated for next summer. If all goes well, the new intersection could be open to traffic in November 2010.

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