Dominick Calsolaro

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Letter to CDTC about Route 9W corridor

Published on 3/24/2008

March 24, 2008

Capital District Transportation Committee
One Park Place
Albany, New York 12205

Dear Committee Members:

The section of Route 9W in the City of Albany where I-787 and the New York State Thruway (Exit 23) enter and exit onto McCarty Avenue has been a traffic congestion problem for many years. Last year I asked the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to investigate the traffic signals in this area to see if they were working correctly or if there was a way to better control the flow of both morning and evening rush hour traffic in the Route 9W/McCarty Avenue corridor.

DOT did conduct a study of the traffic signals in this area and determined (letter enclosed) that the signals were operating correctly. Mark Kennedy, Regional Traffic Engineer, suggested that I contact the Capital District Transportation Committee about my concerns for this much traveled corridor and ask that a comprehensive traffic assessment and planning study be undertaken for this portion of the roadway.

This congestion problem on Route 9W is more than a City of Albany problem. The problem also extends into the Town of Bethlehem and the municipality of Glenmont where much commercial development has occurred over the past few years. Not only are the City streets, specifically McCarty Avenue, Frisbie Avenue and Hoffman Avenue affected by the traffic back-ups, but I-787 also experiences a back-up of traffic during evening rush hour.

Please consider conducting an overall traffic study of the Route 9W corridor to determine strategies to help alleviate the traffic congestion problem along the Route 9W corridor in the area of I-787 and Exit 23 of the New York State Thruway.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.


Dominick Calsolaro
Common Council Member – First Ward
(518) 859-5219

Cc: Mark Kennedy, NYSDOT
Bill Trudeau, City of Albany Traffic Engineering Department