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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

"Looking for raging motorists"

With I-90 set to be shut down between exits 2 and 5 for much of the summer, drivers will be forced onto local roads to get many places. Apparently, the local towns are taking no chances:
Werner acknowledges that closing the road comes with its own hassles, however, and DOT and local police are gearing up for the likely fallout when people find their usual route off-limits.

"This is something new and different," said Albany County Public Works Commissioner Michael Franchini. "I think the state's done a great job of preparing for this, but it's difficult to predict what drivers are going to do. I think if drivers are attentive to the notices and the signs, things will work out."

Pavement repairs to smooth over cracks and potholes on Fuller Road were done last month in preparation for the additional traffic, Franchini said.

Colonie police will step up their presence along likely detour routes, watching for speeders and raging motorists, said Lt. Ken Pero of Colonie's traffic division.
So, definitely avoid I-90 between Albany and exit 24 this summer, and also stay off the surrounding roads - the rage could be extremely high.
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