FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | NOVEMBER 14, 2017
Mayor Madden Announces Start of Installation Phase of Troy’s Complete Streets Program
Traffic Advisory Issued for Road Striping Operations on Burdett Avenue
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy will initiate the first phase of roadway safety enhancements as part of the city’s Complete Streets program beginning Wednesday morning, starting with Burdett Avenue. The planned improvements – including striping of parking areas, bike lanes, left turns, and crosswalks – seek to increase safety, health and access for all users who utilize the local transportation network.
City officials have issued a traffic advisory for Burdett Avenue for the scheduled street striping work. Crews will be installing traffic striping on Burdett Avenue between Tibbits Avenues to Peoples Avenue on Wednesday, November 15, beginning at 5:00 a.m. until approximately 5:00 p.m. Motorists are asked to watch for flaggers, observe all posted traffic detour signs and parking restrictions, and to seek alternate routes while striping work is underway. Vehicles in violation of parking restrictions will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Local emergency services have been notified of the traffic restrictions.
“Safe and reliable multi-modal transportation routes is key to the development of healthy communities and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods across Troy,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “This first phase of important improvements to our transportation network as part of Troy’s Complete Streets policy will ensure that pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and public transportation users – regardless of their age or ability – can safely navigate our city.”
“Troy historically developed as a walkable community but over time, with the eastward expansion and a nationwide shift to the automobile as the primary method of transportation, development did not always enhance all modes of movement,” said Steven Strichman, Troy Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development. “The installation of new traffic-enhancement elements to Burdett Avenue will further improve the city’s transportation network as we look to implement our Complete Streets program citywide.”
Troy’s Complete Streets Ordinance and Policy, previously adopted in June, 2014 was named one of the best by the National Complete Streets Coalition in 2015. Crafted by the Transport Troy Complete Streets Citizen’s Working Group, which included members of Capital Roots, Transition Troy, Troy Bike Rescue, the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, Troy Architectural Program, and the City of Troy, served as the first step in developing a policy for planners and engineers to design and build streets which will provide all users of any ability, age, income and method of transport, with safe, accessible and convenient access to destinations across the Troy community. Volunteer members of the Advisory Board included Will Malcolm, Brent Irving, Jim Lewis, Fred Ring, Aaron Vera, Lindsay Zefting-Vera, and Roslyn Webber.
John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131