Route 5S Bike Trail Crossing Improvements in Rotterdam to Begin August 10th

Route 5S Bike Trail Crossing Improvements in Rotterdam to Begin August 10th

For Immediate Release:
    Joe McQueen
(518) 388-4772
August 6, 2015

Route 5S Bike Trail Crossing Improvements in Rotterdam to Begin August 10th

(Schenectady County, NY)  Schenectady County officials today announced that construction on the NYS Route 5S bike trail crossing in Rotterdam is scheduled to begin the week of August 10, 2015.  The project’s goal is to improve safety when trail users cross Route 5S on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Trail.  Construction is anticipated to take several weeks and no closings of the trail are expected.

“Improving safety at the Route 5S bike trail crossing has been a priority of mine and my fellow members of the County Legislature,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature.  “The Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail is one of the great recreational and quality of life assets we have in Schenectady County.  This project continues our efforts to create a safer trail for the enjoyment of our families and all of our residents and visitors.”

Trail improvements include a flashing beacon system that will provide warning to motorists and trail users. The beacons to warn roadway traffic will be motion activated by trail users. A push button system will also be available for users as a backup. Additional beacon located on Route 5S in advance of the crossing will be activated simultaneously with the beacons at the crossing. Other improvements include realignment of the trail crossing to shorten the overall length of the crosswalk, new pavement markings on the trail and additional trail signage and vegetation clearing. Guide signs directing trail users to the Rotterdam Kiwanis Park will be installed at the improved crossing to deter trail users from parking in areas adjacent to the trail crossing.

The construction cost of $154,000 is funded through the cooperation of the Federal Highway Administration, New York State Department of Transportation, Capital District Transportation Committee, and Schenectady County. The federal government will pay 80 percent of the project cost.

Creighton Manning Engineering of Albany is responsible for design and construction inspection of the project.  Callanan Industries, Inc. of Schenectady is the general contractor.