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DOT details road plans for LTFC neighbors

The state Department of Transportation will likely be making some changes in the Village of Round Lake and in Maltaville over the next two years, as it prepares for what effect the arrival of a 1.3-million-square-foot microchip manufacturing facility in Malta will have local traffic.

Area residents braved wintry conditions to pack the Round Lake Firehouse on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 18, to hear tentative plans for roads around the Luther Forest Technology Campus and also to receive an update on the construction of the Round Lake Bypass, which will divert traffic around the hamlet.

DOT Regional Program and Planning Manager for Region 1 Robert Hansen was on hand to present the department's preliminary thoughts on roadwork and, along with several of his colleagues, to field questions from the gathered residents.

Most of the interior roads at the Luther Forest Technology Campus, where the factory will be located, are to be completed within the year, as is the Round Lake Bypass. The 1.6-mile road will link the Northway to LFTC and feature a roundabout at its terminus, at the intersection of routes 9 and 67.

In addition to that roundabout, DOT officials are also proposing the installation of such a loop at the intersection of Route 9 and Stone Break Road, where construction traffic for the site will travel.

They're safer than signal light intersections, said Hansen. "It's safer for people to cross than a big expanse of pavement."

The bypass is on track to be completed in August. The construction of the roundabout will require a detour via Easy Street in early June, but the contractor should be finished within 17 days, said Hansen.

"Our intent is to get out before July 1, when the racing season starts," he said.

Roadwork on Easy Street itself will take place in April.

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