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Traffic Update

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, October 10, 2002

Roadwork on the stretch of Route 4 in front of the campus is ahead of schedule and may be completed several weeks ahead of the Thanksgiving deadline, according to the Department of Transportation.

DOT Engineer in Charge Tim Farrell has informed the college that beginning Monday, Oct. 14, all five lanes of traffic on Route 4 in front of the campus will be open for traffic. The final course of asphalt was to be laid over the weekend. Striping of the roadway from Cambell's Avenue to Mazaway Court will likely take place during the week of Oct. 14. Roadwork will continue on Morrison Avenue until the project's completion, which will likely be in the first weeks of November.

When this work is completed, 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:

Morrison Avenue is 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.