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May 2, 2012

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Uptown traffic circle idea gets nod from Kingston City Council

KINGSTON – A new traffic circle proposed for uptown Kingston has passed its first hurdle at Tuesday's common council meeting. City representatives approved a resolution supporting the study completed recently by Ulster County's Transportation Council.

The plan calls for redesign of the intersection of Albany Avenue, Broadway, and I-587. A total of $4 million in funding is available from the State Department of Transportation to complete the project. The aldermen urge DOT to begin design and improvements to the intersection as soon as possible.

Gregg Swanzey, the city's director of economic development and strategic partnerships, advised the common council to include pedestrian and bicycle access in the final plan. 

“That intersection is a major gateway into the city, so when you come off the Thruway exchange and come down I-587, the shortest interstate in the nation, you come to this intersection and we could present our city in a better way,” Swanzey said. “This is a critical aspect of economic development for the city, as well as visibility.”

I-587, also known as Col. Chandler Drive has 15,000 vehicles traveling its 1.2 mile stretch daily between Midtown and the Thruway roundabout near NY Rt. 28. Completed in 1960, it is named after Kingston resident George Chandler, founder of the New York State Police.


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