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Traffic Alert!

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, August 14, 2002

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When classes begin on August 26, several roadways in and near the Hudson Valley Community College campus will be under construction.

The state Department of Transportation is in the process of widening Route 4 (Vandenburgh Ave.) in front of the college as well as Morrison Avenue, which serves as one of the main access roads to the campus.

When this work is completed in November, access to the campus will be greatly enhanced. Until that time, there undoubtedly will be some delays in approaching the campus for faculty, staff, students and visitors. Delays throughout the day may last 15-30 minutes. As a precautionary measure, we ask that you strongly consider alternate routes to campus. This will help ease the expected traffic congestion.

Thank you.

Alternate routes to the Hudson Valley Community College campus:

From the North (Saratoga County, Northway, Clifton Park) – Over Route 7 and across the Collar City Bridge, you can take a right on to Eighth Street and follow that to Congress Street. Take a left on to Congress (Route 2), and continue up the hill to the intersection with Pawling Avenue. Take a right on to Pawling (Route 66), and continue to Winter Street (look for Getty station), turn right and continue to the intersection with Williams Road (Route 136). Take a right on to Williams and the campus entrance will be on your right 1 mile up the road.

From the South (City of Albany, southern Albany County) - If you normally travel I-787 to reach campus, you may turn on to I-90 and cross the river at the Patroon Island Bridge. Continue to Exit 8 (Defreestville) and turn left at the end of the exit ramp on to Route 4. The college is approximately 4 miles on the right.

From the East (eastern Rensselaer County, Wynantskill, Sand Lake) – Avoid entering the campus from Campbell's Avenue, as you will encounter roadwork. Best access will be from Defreestville, along Route 4 or Williams Road.

From the West (Colonie, Menands, Latham) – If you normally travel I-90 to I-787, continue on 90 to Exit 8 (Defreestville) and turn left at the end of the exit ramp on to Route 4. The college is approximately 4 miles on the right.

Roadwork Specifications:

When classes begin, traffic will be only ONE lane in each direction on Route 4 in front of the college. This means that the turning lane that currently exists into the college's North Drive, if you are traveling southbound, will not exist. The turning lane at South Drive will remain.

In addition, Morrison Avenue will become one-way coming up the hill until the end of the project. This means all northbound traffic will be required to proceed from Route 4 to Mill Street.

New Student Parking on campus:

The college added approximately 260 new parking spaces on its campus this summer. The parking expansion was necessitated by the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, which took approximately 270 parking spaces on campus.

A new parking lot will be created near Route 4 in front of Brahan Hall. The area had been used for temporary student parking during the stadium construction. The new lot will accommodate approximately 200 cars for student parking. The area will be graded, and berms will be constructed so that the lot will not be visible from Route 4. Access to the lot will be from South Drive.

Expansion at two other campus lots added 60 more spaces for student and visitor parking. Twenty-five new spaces were added near the Bulmer Telecommunications Center and 35 spaces were added in expansion of a lot near Hudson Hall.