Can any study be good for the Pine Bush that cannot even spell “Pine
Bush” correctly? The Capital District Transportation Committee
(CDTC) has released draft two of “Pinebush [sic] Transportation
At first glance, this study is not as bad as previous
transportation studies, but there is still enough in here to
cause worry for
the Pine Bush.
The study suggests that some of the traffic issues
on Route 155 could be solved by putting in roundabouts at intersections
as Washington Ave. Ext. and Route 155 and Old State Road
Route 155. Also, the study suggests that Pinehurst Blvd could
be re-aligned with Madison Avenue Extension, taking land
from the Preserve and fragmenting the ecosystem.
Any enlargement of Route 155 whether by roundabouts
or lane expansion would be a disaster for the Pine Bush ecosystem
and would probably
require taking land from the Preserve. Save the Pine Bush
opposes any expansion of Rte 155.
In addition, the study only gives lip services
to bicycle and pedestrian safety and ignores any real analysis
The study does note that people tend to avoid this area,
and that only a minor increase in traffic has occurred
last study in 1985.
The study can be found on the web at: http://cdtcmpo.org/linkage//pinebush/pinebush.htm
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