The My Malta NY Citizens conducted a successful peaceful rally this morning at the intersection of Chango Drive and Round Lake Road, the site of one of the proposed roundabouts. Approximately 75 people rallied to provide awareness and accurate information to fellow citizens. The residents support the Peoples Preferred Alternative of signalized intersections with turning lanes and pedestrian arrows. They worry about the children, seniors and all residents in the area who continually cross Round Lake Road. Their safety will be severely compromised if the roundabout concept is approved. Most of the citizens have studied the two alternatives presented by the profit motivated engineering firms and intelligently identified the signalized intersection option as the safest choice. The substandard roundabout proposed required drastic deviation from engineering standards due to the lack of available land even with the eminent domain seizures. The absence or adjustment of many of the safety features to comply with engineering standards truly supports the people’s position. These residents are motivated by safety and community unity which they feel is being jeopardized. They are opposed to the proposed condemnation of their neighbor’s land, when they have a sensible and safer option. Over 300 residents have signed petition against the unsafe roundabouts in the last week and a half. They intend to hold their elected officials accountable for their decisions.
Great Saratogian article about our sign-waving protest against the proposed roundabouts!
"Plans for two new roundabouts just west of Northway Exit 11 remain controversial, even as the town moves forward with the process.
Residents opposed to their construction on Round Lake Road will rally Saturday morning, ahead of an eminent domain hearing the town will hold Monday night.
The concerned citizens, calling themselves My Malta NY, will turn out Saturday at the Hannaford Plaza, near where the two roundabouts have been proposed.
The Town Board will hold a public hearing at 6:55 p.m. Monday at Town Hall on taking land — by eminent domain, if necessary — for roundabouts at Raylinsky-Ruhle roads and at Chango Drive."
Read more of the Daily Gazette article at:
"Our local politicians are not listening to our neighbors and our community," wrote Sloat, who narrowly lost a race for town justice in November. He argues there is insufficient room at the intersections to construct roundabouts. "We've made it clear that we do not want substandard, nonconforming roundabouts that jeopardize our citizens' safety and split up our neighborhoods and community," Sloat said.
Sloat said children and seniors regularly cross Round Lake Road, especially in the warmer months. He pointed to Shenendehowa's Chango Elementary School, the retirement community Malta Meadows and a shopping center located near the intersection of Chango Drive, and a busy Stewart's Shop, miniature golf business and pediatric office at the Ruhle Road South intersection, all of which contribute to the area's congestion. Sloat also prefers traffic signals on the road.
"I have nothing against roundabouts," Sloat said. "They do increase capacity. But you can't put them in a neighborhood where there are people crossing roads."
This excerpt is from the Times Union article published Thursday, February 19th. Click on the link below to read the whole article.
This past September a tractor trailer rolled over while navigating an exit 12 roundabout. It flipped onto the sidewalk after the rear wheels drove over the center apron. The center apron is designed for use by the tractor trailers, but due to the "calming effect" of the "S" curve design entering into the circle, tractor trailers are routinely overturning (particularly tankers). It would be horrible if one of these semi's turned over when the children were walking on the new sidewalk...Read more
A fun yet informative Times Union article about the Malta roundabout debate
Please check out the Saratogian article and get ready for our sign waving event.