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40 years later, results

Resident’s letters show decades-long struggle for Glenridge Road railroad bridge construction

— One man has held on to letters and correspondence spanning 40 years as he urged and waited for safety issues to be rectified at the Glenridge Road railroad bridge.

Fred Ross, a 94-year-old Ballston Lake resident, attended a recent Glenville Town Board meeting to thank the board for their efforts getting improvements made to Glenridge Road in East Glenville. Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle announced Wednesday, April 20, the project had come to fruition after receiving a letter from Scott Nowalk, project manager for the Region 1 of the DOT, indicating funding totaling $11.7 million could be secured.

The train bridge after the corner of Glenridge Road and Hetcheltown Road currently has a traffic light because only one vehicle can travel under at a time. Further up the road, there is another train bridge that has a tight fit for two cars to get through. Both of these issues will be addressed in the project, which involves widening the road to allow two cars through the first bridge and a more comfortable fit through the second bridge. In addition, a roundabout intersection is planned at Glenridge Road and Maple Avenue.

Ross claims there have been many accidents over the years at the two locations and safety concerns have driven his decision to continue his push.

“There have been so many accidents under that underpass,” said Ross.

The average daily traffic count for the project’s section of roadway is 10,000 travelers. Also, there were 27 accidents for that portion of roadway from Jan. 1, 2010, to Nov. 30, 2010. For a five-year period from Jan. 1, 2005, to Nov. 30, 2010, there were 135 accidents, said Carol Breen, public information officer for Region 1 DOT. These accidents aren’t necessarily tied to the train bridges.

Ross gave The Spotlight 10 different documents relating to his push to get the project started and completed. The first document dated back to March 14, 1969, and was a letter from then Glenville Supervisor Gilbert Smith. The problem appeared to be apparent even before 1969 though.

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