COLONIE, N.Y. – A $7.4 million project to replace the bridges at the Latham Traffic Circle is under way, and weekday lane closures will begin on April 1.
The bridges at the circle carry Troy Schenectady Road (Route 2) over New Loudon Road (Route 9) in the Albany County town of Colonie. Official say the bridges are safe, but their condition warrants their replacement.
This project meets the requirements of the Governor's Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists and ensures that disruptions are as minimal as possible to drivers at highway and bridge projects across the state. Because this project will coincide with the major weekend construction work on the Twin Bridges, NYSDOT will limit lane closures on Route 9 and Route 2 to weekdays until the Twin Bridges work is completed. Lane closures on Route 2 will occur only during off-peak hours.
Work on portions of the Latham Circle project will be performed during the week at night to lessen the impact on motorists and businesses.
In a further effort to minimize impacts, NYSDOT will implement an accelerated 60-day schedule once work on the Northway Twin Bridges is finished. During this 60-day period, Route 2 will be reduced to one lane in each direction, including within Latham Circle.
During this 60-day period, the bridges comprising Latham Circle will be replaced over two stages, replacing first the inner portion of the bridges, and then the outer portion.
The Department will replace the structural steel and concrete decks of both bridges with prefabricated units, which will be manufactured off-site and will be trucked to the circle for installation; this will allow the project to be completed more quickly, minimizing long-term traffic impacts.
The bridge replacement and full-time lane closures on Route 2 and on Latham Circle are anticipated to end in August, before the start of the new school year. Additional minor work on Route 2 may occur after this time using temporary lane closures.
After the 60-day period, Route 2 and Latham Circle will be open to two lanes. Lane closures will still occur on Route 9 under the Circle into the fall. Minor impacts to traffic are expected for that work to reconstruct the pavement on Route 9 under the circle.
The existing Latham Circle bridges were built in 1957.
Specific additional elements of this project include:
Route 2 and the Latham Circle between Sunset/Herbert Drive and Old Loudon Road will be repaved, as will the Route 9 ramps that enter and exit the circle.
The vertical retaining walls along Route 9 under the circle will also be repaired.
Pavement on Route 9 between Kunker Avenue and Erin Street will be reconstructed
Guide rails on the Route 9 ramps to the circle will be replaced
Signage will be replaced.
New sidewalk will be added on the north side of Route 2, from Sunset Drive to Old Loudon Road.
During the 60-day summer construction period, trucks will be detoured away from Latham Circle, since the lanes on the circle will be too narrow during this time to accommodate trucks. These truck detours will be signed and will direct trucks on routes around the construction.
The Department has established a website to provide motorists with project updates: https://www.dot.ny.gov/latham.