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40 years later, results

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

— “This has been a long-standing headache, and I know of a number of people who have tried to improve the situation,” Smith said in the letter.

The second document was a newspaper clipping from the “Union-Star” in April of 1969, which printed the New York State Service Commission’s reply letter to Ross’ concerns. Samuel Madison, secretary for the commission, said Schenectady County has jurisdiction over the railroad tracks and could petition the commission for such a request.

Years later, the third document leaps ahead to a 1985 public informational open house flier for the project. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s father, Mario, was then governor of the state. Although, it appears the project didn’t gain much momentum after the meeting.

In the summer of 1993, Sen. Hugh Farley and Assemblyman James Tedisco both sent reply letters to Ross stating their concern and agreement for improvements to be made on the road.

“I share your safety concern in this matter and have written to the Regional Director of the Department of Transportation. I have asked him to apprise me of the situation concerning this underpass and any plans in the future to either refurbish or remove the structure,” Farley said to Ross in his August 1993 letter.

The following year, 1994, Tedisco again wrote Ross after the two meet at the Annie Schaffer Senior Citizen Center, which Tedisco reconfirmed has concern for the “hazardous traffic situation.”

According to a 1997 letter from Richard Carlson, planning and program management for DOT Region 1, the preliminary work was scheduled to be completed in early 1998, but now the date is another expected benchmark for the project past. The project was also much more grand in scale, with reconstruction of the actual railroad track planned instead of just widening the road. The construction costs for the larger project in 1997 were $15 million.

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