The City of Albany released the below “Traffic Signal Improvement Project” information.
There is also a major NYSDOT intersection redesign/re-signalization on 15.4 miles of State St. in Schenectady to Central Ave. at King St. in Albany. For info on this second project, contact Beau Duffy, 457-6400. The most visible aspect of this project has been the recent and on-going “See and Be Seen” promotion/educational program. While the main emphasis has been on people walking and people in cars, there should be a collateral benefit to people on bicycles.
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Traffic Signal Improvement Project – Washington, Western and New Scotland Avenues, City Of Albany
October 23, 2014
The City of Albany has begun the replacement/rehabilitation/upgrade of traffic signal equipment on Washington, Western, and New Scotland Avenues. This project involves the complete replacement or upgrades to sixty-one signalized intersections within the City of Albany. The project limits for each roadway are as follows: Washington Avenue, eighteen (18) intersections over 3.4 miles, from the eastern connection with Western Avenue west to the intersection with SUYNA’s main entrance; Western Avenue, twenty-four (24) intersections over 3.1 miles, from the eastern connection with Washington Avenue west to Homestead Street; New Scotland Avenue, nineteen (19) intersections over 2.7 miles, from Madison Avenue to Whitehall Road. All construction activities will occur within the City right of way. The contractor performing the work will be Stilsing Electric, Inc. from Rensselaer, NY. The project kicked off in late September with work scheduled to continue through the end of 2015. Should the winter weather require us to shut down or slow down the contractors work, the project will extend into early 2016.
Project Description: Each of the intersections on the project will receive equipment that will improve transportation for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrian traffic. New control equipment, vehicle traffic signal heads, pedestrian signal heads and countdown timers, pedestrian pushbuttons, and vehicle detectors will be installed at each intersection. At a majority of the intersections, new traffic signal support poles will also be installed, with the existing pole reused at the remaining intersections. We will interconnect the traffic signals to allow for a coordinated progression of green signals on each corridor based upon time of day and predominant traffic flow. We will enhance and improve pedestrian crossings by installing pedestrian signals, countdown timers, and pushbuttons. The traffic signal coordination/progression will be based upon the posted 30 mile per hour speed limit. The progression will move groups of traffic through the corridor at the posted speed limit. A central system will monitor each intersection through a wireless or wired interconnect that will be constructed as part of the project. This central system will allow for City maintenance personnel to remotely monitor operations and make some changes to the traffic signals that are connected to the system. New traffic signal timings will be implemented that will assure both vehicles and pedestrians have the appropriate time to navigate the intersections and corridors. As part of the timing intervals, a minimum four-second yellow time and minimum one-second all red (all traffic stopped) time between vehicle movements/phases will be programmed. The project will also have equipment that will work with emergency response vehicles to permit a green signal in the direction of the responding vehicle and display red to the other approaches at an intersection. In addition, this equipment will work with CDTA buses for the future BRT project proposed for these corridors.
Daily Work Hours: The Contractor is authorized to work 10-hour days six days a week, 6AM-6PM Monday through Saturday. Although they are authorized to work these hours and days, in general they are working 6:30 AM until 4PM Monday through Friday. The additional day and hours have been authorized to allow the contractor to perform work activities in areas where traffic prohibits their safe work at particular locations.
Current Work Schedule for the next 14 days: Thee Contractor will begin installing the portions of the new signal systems that are underground, to include conduits and pole foundations. This work has begun on Washington Avenue from the west end of the project at SUNYA’s main entrance and is progressing east toward Washington Avenue and Brevator Street. It is anticipated that the work on in this area will continue for the next week. After the groundwork is completed in these areas, it is anticipated that the contractor will move their activities to Western Avenue starting at the western end of the project, Homestead Street, and progress east.
Project Contact Information: If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this project you can call or visit the project office during regular business hours.
Creighton Manning Engineering, LLP is the City’s design and construction firm overseeing the work activities
Washington, Western, and New Scotland Avenues Traffic Signal Project Office
50 Colvin Avenue
Albany, New York 12206
Phone: (518) 650-7621
Fax: (518) 650-7623
Resident Engineer for this project: Mr. Thomas Giammattei
Should you have any project questions that you would like to direct to the City of Albany, you may also contact Bill Trudeau, Chief Supervisor of Traffic Engineering at (518) 434-5791
The City will be providing updated newsletters as construction progresses.