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Chatham board holds off on bridge project funding

Jan 06, 2020 12:45 pm
Emilia Teasdale is reporting in The Columbia Paper on the business conducted by the Chatham Town Board during its final meeting of 2019, tabling a motion to authorize the implementation and funding for the Albany Turnpike Road Traffic Signal project. The traffic light would be the first in the town and would control traffic on the Albany Turnpike Bridge in East Chatham. In November, the board reported that construction of the light was slated to begin over the winter or in the early spring. Asked if holding up the funding would affect construction, town Supervisor Maria Lull said last month she did not know, adding that the town’s engineers were still awaiting bids. In an end-of-the-year email to town residents, Lull said the town has expended funds on engineering for the bridge project, but also pointed out that a $250,000 Department of Transportation grant has been secured for the project. Lull said, in her opinion, CSX, not the town, should be footing the bill to correct the problems, and ideally the town would take possession of the span after the problems were resolved. December was Lull's last meeting as town supervisor. She was defeated in her reelection bid by Donal Collins in November. Collins said of the bridge project last month, “I think it’s better off without” the light. He said he supported leaving the intersection as it is now. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.