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Northway project hearing Tuesday night

COLONIE -- Tuesday night is your chance to weigh in on a major proposal for the Northway in Colonie.

The NYS Department of Transportation is proposing to replace two aging bridges that span Albany-Shaker road.

The bridges were built in 1959 and carry more than 113-thousand vehicles every day.

"In projects like this, we would widen the bridge and make it a littler wider than we normally would, and that way we will be able to sort of work on the project in pieces so we can carry three lanes of traffic both north and southbound during the duration of the project," says DOT Spokesperson, Bryan Viggiani.

The first phase is expected to cost about $14 million. The DOT says they are hoping to start construction this summer and have it all complete by 2015.

The second phase wouldn't get underway until 2019, and is expected to cost up to $34 million. This phase would reconstruct the interchange by exit 4. The primary goal is to improve the access between the Northway and Albany International Airport between the Northway and the northern end of Wolf road.

"The second phase of this project would involve building a sort of fly-over ramp to replace exit 4. It would take you up over the Northway and deposit you at a new intersection of Albany Shaker road just west of the Desmond. We're trying to build semi-direct access to the Albany International Airport, because it's a major economic driver in the region," says Viggiani.

Viggiani says the construction would be very similar to the work they did over Central Avenue.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7 tonight. But engineers will be available starting at 6 to talk about the project and answer your questions.   

It's being held at Sand Creek Middle School.
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