Previous Studies/Documents 

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CAPITAL DISTRICT TRAILS PLAN (CDTC, 2019)

This plan was developed to provide a safe space for walking and bicycling, protect the environment, improve quality of life, conserve energy, and promote tourism and economic development. The overall goal of the plan is to develop an updated vision for a seamless regional transportation network that connects cities, towns, and villages throughout the Capital District.

 

        Relevant Recommendations:

  • Identify the economic benefits of a local trail system and project how these benefits might affect the Capital District as part of an expanded network.

  • Provide trail connections with areas of concentrated residential and business activity to help support commuting travel.

NY 5 & NY 50 INTERSECTION TRAFFIC & COMPLETE STREETS CASE STUDY REVIEW (CDTC & CDRPC, 2019)

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The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the conditions at the intersection of NY 5/ Mohawk Avenue and NY 50 / N Ballston Avenue in the Village of Scotia. The purpose was to evaluate travel conditions at the intersection, in the context of providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all roadway users, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and mass transit riders. Conceptual recommendations were developed as part of the study to be considered for further evaluation.

 

        Relevant Recommendations:

  • Install curb extensions to narrow the roadways to help lower vehicular speeds and shorten pedestrian crossings.

  • Study the removal of the dual left turn lane on NY 50 / N Ballston Avenue southbound to potentially shorten the pedestrian crossing.

  • Relocate the NY 5 / Mohawk Avenue eastbound approach CDTA bus stop to the far side of the intersection to allow for more on-street parking, minimize sight distance problems, encourage pedestrians to cross behind the bus, and shorten acceleration distances for the buses.

  • Re-time the signal to account for peak hour traffic increases.

  • Add pedestrian infrastructure where needed.

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VILLAGE OF SCOTIA COMPLETE STREETS WORKSHOP (CDTC & Village of Scotia, 2018)

This workshop was held to provide attendees with an overview of completed and potential Complete Streets implementation efforts, as well as to foster an open discussion of implementation obstacles and ideas to overcome them. The workshop primarily focused on potential future project opportunities, design options and opportunities, coordination opportunities, and a review of prior studies. The intersection of Mohawk Avenue, Schonowee Avenue, and Glen Avenue was specifically discussed during this workshop. Conceptual recommendations were developed during the workshop to be considered for further evaluation.

 

        Relevant Recommendations:

  • A gateway treatment would better alert drivers that there has been a change in corridor conditions as they enter the Village.

  • A new crossing at the south leg of the intersection as well as upgraded landscaping and sidewalks is highly desirable as it will improve the pedestrian aesthetic environment as well as accessibility.

  • Bicycle facilities should be considered on Glen Avenue in order to remove bicycle traffic from Mohawk Avenue.

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SCOTIA WATERFRONT CONCEPT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN (CDTC & Village of Scotia, 2009)

The purpose of this study was to identify potential improvements to the Scotia waterfront area that would enhance resources and improve traffic flow (vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle) and parking. The study boundaries include the Town of Glenville line to the east, Collins Lake and Sunnyside Road to the north, NYS Route 50 to the west, and the Mohawk River to the south. The Mohawk Avenue Corridor was specifically mentioned as having a persistent conflict between business access and through traffic in the corridor. This corridor is a designated segment of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike/Hike Trail System; however, the high vehicular traffic volume on this road makes it very unappealing to pedestrians and bicyclists.

 

        Relevant Recommendations:

  • Utilize the Washington Avenue approach as the main access road to the Waterfront, Collins Parks and Freedom Park area to mitigate some of the congestion at the Schonowee Avenue / Glen Avenue / Mohawk Avenue intersection during major events.

  • Explore the possibility of utilizing Collins Park and the Scotia-Glenville Central School campuses to alleviate parking issues during major events.

  • Identify measures to clarify pedestrian movements for improved safety and distinction between public and private space (i.e., additional crosswalks and transition from the existing tree-lined walk on Schonowee Avenue to a new promenade through Collins Park).

  • Consider enhancements to the library entrance in order to emphasize this important public resource.