Policy Committee Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
A/GFTC Committee Members
Kevin Geraghty, Chair Chairman, Warren County Board of Supervisors
Ed Bartholomew EDCWC
Rob Cherry NYSDOT Region 1
Chris DeBolt Washington County Planning Department
Wayne LaMothe Warren County Planning Department
Keith Oborne Town of Lake George Planning Department
Scott Sopczyk Greater Glens Falls Transit
John Strough Supervisor, Town of
Frank Thomas Supervisor, Town of Stony Creek
Mike Valentine Saratoga County Planning Department
Lou Bach Greenman Pedersen, Inc.
Fred Mastroianni Greenman Pedersen, Inc.
Chris Round The Chazen Companies
Edmund Snyder Greenman Pedersen, Inc.
1. Welcome and Introductions ‐ Chairman Geraghty called the meeting to order at 1:32; participants
2. Visitors Issues
3. Lake George Gateway Project Update ‐ Aaron gave a brief summary of the project’s origins and
introduced Ed Snyder of GPI. Ed, as Project Manager, reviewed some of the project
in earlier planning efforts that would be incorporated in to the project’s design, including bicycle and
pedestrian improvements, green infrastructure, access management, and corridor aesthetics. Lou
Bach discussed the project alternatives (null, full median with roundabouts, and hybrid center
median), indicating that the hybrid center median option that would
include two 11′ travel lanes, 5′
bike lanes and 5′ sidewalks in each direction was emerging as the most feasible alternative that
satisfied the project objectives. The project timetable was also reviewed; the project is on an
accelerated schedule and will need to be able to be let in March
of 2015 in order to qualify for
construction funding through the Strategic Transportation Enhancement Program administered by
New York State. Final design approval is sought by mid‐November. A speed limit reduction is being
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pursued. Scott Sopczyk emphasized the need for clearly identifiable transit stop and suggested that
additional crosswalk locations be identified . John Strough noted that any crosswalks needed to be
well‐lit. Accommodations for and mitigations to snowmobiling would be included in the design. The
impacts to parking at the A&W restaurant
were noted; GPI replied that no response to outreach
efforts was received. Rob Cherry credited GPI on their outreach and adherence to a tight design
schedule. GPI in turn acknowledged Region 1 staff’s responsiveness. Aaron requested a copy of the
draft design report for staff review.
4. Annual Work Program
A. Summary of completed and ongoing tasks ‐ Aaron listed the following updates:
Regional Bicycle and pedestrian plan
was completed and adopted by this committee in
Bridge preservation analysis
‐ A/GFTC recently signed a contract with GPI to review all
inspection reports for all locally owned bridges in the area and develop a preservation
strategy to provide a recommend sequence of bridge repairs
o Project is being funded with capital dollars rather than planning dollars, DOT has
identified a mechanism
to relieve us of the required local match
o Each county will be provided with a bridge asset management plan
o Results will inform future bridge program project selection
o $57,000; schedule to be complete by February
River Street ‐ Warrensburg
o Plan will include recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian improvements
and streetscaping enhancements for the River Street / 418 corridor, including a
focus area for the developed area west of the Judd Bridge
o Selected Chazen Companies in July
o Kickoff meeting, field visits and existing conditions analysis are complete
o Conceptual designs are being drafted for committee review
o Completion anticipated within 2‐4 months
Electric Vehicle Network Analysis:
o Analyze public parking areas within the Urbanized Area to determine which sites
may be desirable locations for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.
o Demand is currently low for public charging stations, the need is anticipated to
o Focus is on public parking locations; project could also be expanded
applicable to private parking areas if desired.
o GIS analysis complete. Initial findings to be presented to TAC at next meeting, to
determine best format for the information (likely a digital, web‐map approach).
Warren County Safety Screening
o Crash data for local and county roads will be analyzed, using a methodology that
relies upon statistics from the Highway Safety Manual
o Data has been entered; waiting on traffic counts from DPW
o Results, along with prior analyses for the other counties, will be used to inform
selection for our Highway Safety Improvement Program funds
Jackson Heights Elementary School Transportation Study
o RSG was selected to develop recommendations for the City and school district
to improve congestion and safety issues around the school
o Worked with the PTA to identify issues and review preliminary concepts
o Several programmatic, operational and capital improvements were identified
and shared with the GF Board of
o School is favoring implementation of a temporary one‐way circulation pattern
during arrival and dismissal, similar to what has been done at Glens Falls HS/MS
o Document is available for public comment now through 10/28
5. Greater Glens Falls Transit Update (advanced in sequence from original agenda)
distributed a summary report (handout) and discussed the following:
facility overhead doors (ca. 1989) have been replaced
a replacement trolley has been purchased (new vehicle is larger and better accommodates
overall system ridership is up despite a compressed calendar for the summer tourist season
GGFT has been working with NYS to assign more non‐emergency Medicaid trips to public
B. (continued from 4.) Adoption of Route 9 / Exit 17 Land Use and Transportation Study ‐ Aaron
reported the following:
Conducted for the Town of Moreau in recognition that planned expansions of sewer
network along Route 9 would likely increase development and traffic pressures
Creighton Manning and Behan Planning conducted an inventory of undeveloped
property, existing land uses and zoning to produce development forecasts and
potential traffic impacts
if the corridor was to be fully developed as available acreage and zoning currently
allow (2m SF, 900 residential units, which is very unlikely), travel times along the
corridor would likely quadruple without major changes to the transportation system
the corridor can however accommodate up to 500,000 sq of additional commercial
development and 250 additional residential units with capacity improvements at
timing, and zoning changes
o Promotion of a development threshold
o Zoning changes to improve operations and community character, promote
o Prepare a Generic Environmental Impact Statement associated with the
sewer expansion to identify impacts and shared public and private
responsibilities for necessary transportation improvements
‐term concepts: if development were to approach full build, a major
expansion (5‐lane section) could be the necessary mitigation to preserve
Final report has been delivered to A/GFTC and the study committee following the
conclusion of the public comment period
A committee vote to adopt
the document would acknowledge receipt of the final
and allow A/GFTC to entertain and support planning and capital project requests
that are related to the findings and recommendations
A motion was made to adopt the Exit 17 / Route 9 Transportation and Land Use Study.
Moved by: Mike Valentine Seconded
by: John Strough Motion Carried
Chris DeBolt asked if there was an estimated timeframe for attaining the development
thresholds based upon local historic growth patterns. Aaron replied that while historic data
was used in preparing background growth assumptions, the forecast was not time‐based given
that previous growth rates would not likely be comparable to development associated with
extended sewer coverage.
C. 2015‐16 program
Program solicitation for next year’s work program will be developed in the next couple of
weeks, pending receipt of guidance letter from NYSDOT. Level funding is expected, but the
new federal emphasis on performance based planning could have an impact on staff and
consultant resources. Draft program will be developed by staff and TAC, released for public
comment, and voted on by the Policy Committee in March.
6. Transportation Improvement Program
A. Capital Project Updates (major developments since March
1) Warren County ‐ no update provided; Aaron would follow up with DPW and pass
along any information provided.
2) Washington County ‐ DPW notified Aaron that they would be unable to attend, but
did provide a list of updates, including:
CR 16 over Halfway Brook (Fort Ann) ‐ Deck
was poured on October 10,
approach slabs within one week
CR 10 over the Poultney River (Whitehall) ‐ State of Vermont is lead agency;
public information scheduled for 10/23, &PM, West Haven Town Hall.
GPI has been designated as the project consultant for the CR 113 over the
3) Saratoga County ‐ Mike Valentine informed Rob Cherry that NYSDOT may be
contacted by the Village of Glens Falls regarding some ongoing pavement quality issues
associated with the Route 9 rehabilitation.
4) City of Glens Falls ‐ Ed Bartholomew reported the following:
Broad Street was complete with the
exception of traffic signals. Operational
issues with curb extensions and access for longer vehicles will require additional
consideration by Creighton Manning Engineering.
Public comment period on draft design report for Hudson Avenue has expired.
Comments received are under consideration; would like final design by the end
of the year.
Town of Queensbury ‐ John Strough reported the following:
Ribbon cutting for Aviation Road roundabout was held on October 10. Feedback
to his office from the public has been overwhelmingly positive.
The Chazen Companies will be preparing revised zoning coverage for the Exit 18
corridor. A/GFTC will participate in
review of potential traffic impacts.
Town is still working to conduct a meeting of property owners along the Exit 20
corridor to establish consensus on priorities, which has not been evident to
date. Grant funding is being sought for additional study of the area. Talks have
progressed with the Sheriff’s
Department regarding limiting access to the Law
Mike Valentine commented on the continued challenge of implementing access
management practices at the local planning board level.
6) NYSDOT ‐ Rob Cherry noted the successful year in program delivery at the local and
State level. Capital project updates included Route 28
over 13th Lake Brook, NYS 9L
resurfacing, and planned paving projects for Route 8 in Thurman, Route 40 in
Easton, and Route 32 in Kingsbury and Queensbury.
B. Funding Opportunities ‐ Aaron listed the following:
1) TAP announcement ‐ An announcement of projects selected by NYS was scheduled
for October 8 but was not issued ‐ staff has no additional information at this time.
2) Pavement and bridge preservation programs ‐ pavement
‐ A/GFTC will conduct
solicitations for design and construction of pavement preservation projects ‐ design
in FFY 14‐15 and construction in FFY 15‐16; approximately $1.6M in programmed
funds ; bridges ‐
solicitation will be developed following the preservation analysis
mentioned earlier ‐ approximately $3M available for FFY 15‐16 construction
3) Highway Safety Improvement Program ‐ Here again, solicitation will be developed
based upon results of the safety screenings; safety money has been challenging to
program, previous solicitations have not generated much interest; $1.26
year, approximately $700,000 in subsequent years
4) FTA 5310 ‐ program to provide transportation services to the elderly and disabled.
Project application process is still under refinement at NYSDOT; effectively no
change in status since last meeting.
5) Make the Connection Program:
program has been temporarily suspended pending
a review and refinement
of selection procedures
program has had some successes, but overall delivery record has been poor
projects require a significant amount of oversight, particularly when
inexperienced sponsors are involved
funds will carryover into either a revised specific solicitation or returned
into a general project solicitation
with expanded eligibility considerations.
C. TIP Update ‐ Aaron ‐ The TIP update cycle was delayed on account of the lack of a long‐term
federal transportation bill. Barring additional delays, it is expected that we will begin the
program development process this Summer or Fall. Staff is hopeful that the State
restore a greater degree of capital improvement programming eligibility but has no
information to suggest that more funds will be available ‐ the last TIP was the smallest roster
in terms of dollars programmed since the mid 1990s.
7. Other Items ‐ Wayne LaMothe noted that the proposed interchange reconfiguration included
Exit 17 study could have air quality impacts within the Capital District air quality nonattainment area
(that includes all of Saratoga County). Aaron concurred that reductions in operational efficiencies
could have a negative consequence by way of increased emissions. The conceptual realignment was
intended to be a safety
improvement rather than a capacity project. Project‐level conformity
demonstrations are no longer required within the Capital District due to recently updated regulations.
8. Next meeting and adjourn ‐ next meeting tentatively scheduled for March 11, 2015. The meeting was
adjourned at 3:01.