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The draft report and its appendices are now available online at:
Can we hope that queuing for traffic circle will take less time than waiting for lights? Will it be less dangerous?
Also, everyone going right off Chandler will now be forced down Albany Avenue for long wait at Clinton Avenue traffic light (where not everyone agrees to turn right on red before 9 AM). No more shortcut down Maiden.
On the other hand, it's an improvement if you are trying to turn left on Albany onto Chandler. The current short left turn lane is inadequate to accommodate rush hour traffic in the afternoon.
Finally, I agree: It's a great presentation. Well done!
The simulations here are very narrow in focus at the moment, focusing on just potential improvements to the intersection itself. The actual draft plan expands on this area quite a bit, offering solutions for the Pearl Street/Clinton/Albany Avenue intersection, as well as looking at expanding the nearby grid network a great deal over the long-term to give vehicles, pedestrians, etc, more options than solely utilizing the I-587 intersection.
So we will be unveiling some more exciting stuff in the coming weeks and months. In fact, you can see some of the ideas that came out of our public meeting on the county planning dept's website right now at: http://ulstercountyny.gov/planning/i587.html#doc
Take a peak at the file marked "Preliminary Recommendations" and you'll get the bigger picture I am talking about.
i like the idea of a round-a-bout. it will relieve several issues. however, i would consider keeping it the same size, if not a bit larger, as the thruway one. reason: there is a lot of traffic at this intersection. if you make the circle smaller, you're going to have many accidents. that's less time for people to react when entering the circle. people love to cut each other off now as it is .... i certainly wouldn't encourage it happening more. jmo.
great presentation and thank you for addressing this issue. i would really like to see the daily freeman writing a story on this. this is certainly news worthy.
Funding would come as part of Ulster County's transportation improvements program (TIP)- from the federal government. It is pin# 881126 on the UCTC's TIP if you care to look it up.
Yes it will be awhile (post 2015 for implementation at the moment), but it is on the schedule nevertheless.
The TIP is subject to yearly revision and depending upon the priorities of the council and the availability of funding, it can be moved up and down on the schedule.
So again, it is not a matter of if, it is just one of waiting and patience. As you can see the TIP is a substantial document, each project included in the prioritization.
We will be scheduling public meetings on the report in the near future!
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