Mark Grimm - Albany County Legislator (29th District)

"Constituents Come First"




Big Changes Coming to Carman Road

Road re-paving, new sidewalks and possibly two roundabouts are in the works for Carman Road.
Car accidents at the Carman Road and Lydius Street intersection are about 50 percent higher than similar intersections. Of course, congestion there can be a real headache. The safety issue led to a federal grant to help mitigate the problem.

The State DOT has done design work for a one-lane roundabout for Carman and Lydius that is scheduled to begin construction next April. In the meantime, parts of Carman will be re-paved and widened and a new sidewalk will stretch from Pine Bush Elementary to the Carman-Lydius intersection. The project to re-pave Carman from Western Avenue to Coons Road begins this month.

In 2019, the DOT held a public forum at Pine Bush and many residents raised concerns about the potential backup the smoother traffic from a Carman-Lydius roundabout could cause at the Carman and I-890/I-90 ramp intersection just down the road. The DOT listened and has begun preliminary design work on a roundabout there.

The DOT cautions me that the second roundabout was not part of the original project so the situation is complicated. But it is my hope that it can be a part of the final solution.

At last, we can expect to say goodbye to the old Nedco pharmacy eyesore at Carman and Lydius. It will be purchased and demolished.

Some property owners will be required to sell pieces of land. The State will be contacting them to answer their questions and settle on a fair price for their property.

As a Lydius resident, I know how frustrating waiting through red lights at Carman and Lydius has been. That's why I first started to push for some suitable upgrade there while on the Town Board about 10 years ago. I'm so glad relief is finally in sight. I appreciate the federal, state and town efforts made involving this needed overhaul.

The DOT project website can be found here: www.dot.ny.gov/146carmanroad. The project manager, Corey Barringer, can be contacted at corey.barringer@dot.ny.gov





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