The Town of Colonie and the Mohawk Towpath Byway Coalition with the assistance of Barton and Loguidice are performing an analysis of alternatives for improvements to the Cohoes Crescent Road. This will provide design and construction guidance as funding becomes available for roadway improvements. The analysis includes a review of existing plans, site conditions, and opportunities which form the basis of five alternative schemes for the corridor from the City of Cohoes line to Route 9 in the Town of Colonie. Almost 7,000 vehicles per day use this segment of the Byway, and even more when construction on the I-87 Northway is underway.
Five alternatives were evaluated, focused on rebuilding Cohoes Crescent Road utilizing a ‘complete streets’ approach to the redesign that will include:
As the study proceeds one alternative seems to stand out. This alternative includes:
Other alternatives being considered include a no action alternative; a shared highway alternative; an alternative locating the path on the landfill side of the road; and an alternative including creation of a parkway with a center boulevard.
Funding for this study is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through the New York State Scenic Byway Program.
The next step will be a public unveiling of a alternative analysis report as a part of a public forum to be scheduled later this fall. The Byway and the Town will be seeking your opinions and ideas as a part of this forum.
The complete and unabridged history of the Cohoes Crescent Road is contained in an article by Town of Colonie Historian Kevin Franklin in The Colonie Historical Oracle, vol 9, no 2 published during the Summer of 2013.
– by Ted Kolankowski and Eric Hamilton