DOT details road plans for LTFC neighbors

Though residents were not opposed to roundabouts themselves, several were concerned with how the changes would affect their ability to get around and the aesthetic impact on the area.

Hansen stressed that most plans were not set in stone, and that getting things right is always a "balancing act."

Part of that delicate process will be creating cul-de-sacs on several roads that currently run into Route 9. Old State Road and Maltaville Road are proposed to be terminated in this fashion to eliminate possible shortcuts that trucks or commuters might take to Luther Forest.

"It is our feeling that more people would be using it for shortcuts," said Hansen. "You're looking at more traffic in the area," once the Foundry microchip factory opens.

The cul-de-sacing of Maltaville Road is part of efforts to create a "gateway" to Round Lake on Route 9 that will feature stylish stone signs welcoming visitors.

DOT has not yet committed to plans to retool many of the roads. Representatives will continue meeting with residents and officials, said Hansen, and with the exception of the Round Lake bypass, the schedule is to complete plans by the end of the year and finish construction in 2010.

According to Town of Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville, the DOT agreed to share their preliminary plans with residents in hopes of creating a dialogue early on.

"Every time that we have gone to them and asked them to come out and give information on a snowy evening, they have done so," said Sausville. "They have been responsive in many ways."

9P bridge gets weight restriction

In other Department of Transportation news, the DOT recently placed a weight restriction on the Route 9P bridge that crosses the northern portion of Saratoga Lake. Effective Wednesday, Feb. 25, vehicles over 15 tons will be prohibited from using the bridge.

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