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A year later, road remains closed

Residents, town wonder about future of Wolf Hollow Road

Wolf Hollow Road was closed of at the bottom of Hoffman’s Hill in Glenville after Tropical Storm Irene.

Wolf Hollow Road was closed of at the bottom of Hoffman’s Hill in Glenville after Tropical Storm Irene. Photo by John Purcell.

— The town wouldn’t be financing any repairs on Wolf Hollow Road since it is a county road, but Coppola said the cost of repairs would likely run into the millions.

There are no homes located on the closed portion of the road, but people own parcels of land along it. Councilwoman Gina Wierzbowski said the road is seasonal and isn’t open in the winter.

Coppola said the closed Wolf Hallow Road has had problems in the past and the county has done stabilization work and rebuilt parts of it. The road was washed out about six year ago, too. Running directly alongside the road is a small creek, timid after a dry summer, but with past heavy rains, the water has torn apart the roadway.

“It gets high velocity when we get rain and there is really no controlling it,” Coppola said. “It is really not a safe road to begin with.”

Wierzbowski said residents on Hoffman’s Hills have noticed an increase in traffic along the quiet road because it is a cut through people use when leaving Saratoga County to get to Route 5. There is still a stop sign at the bottom of Hoffman’s Hill Road because it intersected the now closed roadway, but some drivers are said to be speeding through sign now.

“People are blowing the stop sign and coming through at a high rate of speed,” Wierzbowski said. “We have had police details out there numerous times to try and deter speeders, and it is apparently not really working.”

Wierzbowski said residents are concerned if Wolf Hallow Road is closed permanently then the stop sign would be removed and people will speed down the hill. There are seven homes located along Hoffman’s Hill Road, according to Glenville Director of Operations James MacFarland.

MacFarland said the county did make a request to FEMA for funding to repair the road, but it was denied. He added town officials are pushing for a community member to relay questions and concerns from residents.

“It just seems like it is a little bigger than a one-on-one for every phone call or question,” MacFarland said. “Something more definitive and long term in terms of the future of those roads is where we would like to get to.”

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