New road markings to improve safety at Schenectady intersection

September 24, 2018 07:11 PM

SCHENECTADY - A busy Schenectady intersection is looking a little different. It's all in the name of safety.

Liberty and Jay streets have new crosswalks. While those may not seem too unusual, the intersection also has new green bump out areas to calm traffic, along with stop bars -- and posts to prevent drivers from speeding around turns and illegally parking on corners.

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The project is sponsored by Capital Roots, a non-profit improving intersections in Albany, Troy and Schenectady. Schenectady City Engineer Chris Wallin said Capital Roots approached them with the idea and asked them to choose a location.

"Here we have angled parking, we have a municipal building, we have parallel parking. We have a one-way street, we have another one-way street. This gave us a really good template to start from where we can monitor going forward," said Wallin.

Wallin says the changes are temporary, but could become permanent if they prove to be effective. 

"They've been up for a week and are still in place. So to me that signifies the people are kind of understanding that they need to be in the black," said Wallin, referring to posts designed to narrow the roadway.

It appears cars are slowing down, but on Monday many pedestrians said they find the design confusing.

"I thought, 'Oh, look at this.' No idea, " said Nicole Amedore.

"Wasn't quite sure what was going on. I thought seems interesting, but there's a lot of different things happening," said Jessica Toomajial.

Wallin says the posts will come down in the winter so plows can clear the streets. Similar changes will be going in at an intersection in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood as well.


Jacquie Slater

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