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Twice around for Five Corners [video]

Study finished on Rotterdam’s inefficient intersection, costly roundabouts suggested

Dual roundabouts are proposed as a way to improve traffic flow at Five Corners in Rotterdam. As seen here, the roundabouts would fall on top of existing gas stations, and the town would have to purchase the property.

Dual roundabouts are proposed as a way to improve traffic flow at Five Corners in Rotterdam. As seen here, the roundabouts would fall on top of existing gas stations, and the town would have to purchase the property.

— “The proximity with the Rotterdam Industrial Park and the amount of tractor trailer traffic that that generates, along with Golub, it is very difficult to get across town,” Comenzo said.

Jacquemart said trucks appear to get through similar roundabouts well enough, and he said the dual roundabout design would also accommodate trucks. State Route 7 passes through the roundabout, making it hard to feasibly redirect trucks.

Councilman Robert Godlewski asked Jacquemart if there were any short-term plans that could be implemented to improve the situation. Speed enforcement would be one quick fix for safety, but Jacquemart said there could be a chance to raise money from large developers considering projects in town.

Both the towns of Colonie and Clifton Park have a mechanism allowing every large development to provide “a fair share” contribution to a fund.

“If there had been any easy solutions I think we would have seen them already,” Jacquemart said.

There were two public workshops held last year sponsored by The Capital District Transportation Authority and the Town of Rotterdam to gather public input on the project. The study cost $45,000, of which 75 percent was federally funded with the town covering the remaining $11,250.

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Five Corners Dual Roundabouts Simulation

A video simulation demonstrating how a dual roundabout would function at the Five Corners intersection in Rotterdam.

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