The Route 9W Linkage Study emerged as a tier I recommendation of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan). The town was successful in applying for a “Linkage” Study grant from the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC), the region’s designated transportation planning organization. To assist CDTC and the town in implementing the study, the Town Board has appointed a Citizen’s Advisory Group (CAG) to assist in building consensus on study recommendations. The 9W CAG is an advisory body that provides advice and recommendations to the study leaders and consulting team. The Department of Economic Development and Planning (DEDP) is providing staff support to the 9W Linkage Study.
Study Advisory Group
The 9W CAG functions as part of a larger Study Advisory Group composed of representatives of various regional transportation and planning agencies including, New York State Department of Transportation, Capital District Transportation Authority, Capital District Regional Planning Commission, Albany County and Capital District Transportation Committee. The overall committee is responsible for providing general guidance for the study, and reviewing interim and final products. The agency representatives will contribute their technical expertise to the discussions, while the 9W CAG will provide a sounding board and community perspective on study related issues, potential solutions and alternatives.
The purpose of the study is to assess needs and develop preferred alternatives for both transportation improvements and land uses in the 9W corridor. A key element of the study will be a feasibility analysis of a possible “northern alignment” for the Selkirk Bypass.
Major components of the study include:
- Review of previous planning efforts in the corridor
- Development of an existing conditions profile for the corridor (land use and zoning, intersection and mainline performance, property access management, Selkirk Bypass alternatives, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and visual environment)
- Development of a 20-year growth scenario and traffic forecast
- Establishment of a vision statement and planning principles for the corridor
- Conducting public workshops on issues identification and Selkirk Bypass alternatives
- Development of a draft plan for the corridor
- Obtaining public feedback on the draft through additional workshops
- Refinement and development of a final plan