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Public Meeting- Craig Street Pavement and Bridge

2/7/2024: Craig St Albany to Forest Meeting- Craig Street Pavement and Bridge Rehabilitation Project

ECB Location: Stage & Downstairs Co-Working Space

This is a non-exclusive event and will occur in the main space with members allowed to work among the space.

 

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Craig Street Pavement and Bridge Rehabilitation Project
City of Schenectady Engineering Department
Open House Public Information Meeting No. 1
The City of Schenectady Department of Engineering invites the public, community members and stakeholders to participate
in an open house meeting to learn about how the community’s vision for Craig Street will be conducted. The project planning
process is being guided by the City of Schenectady Department of Engineering and facilitated by a consultant team led by MJ
Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C. (MJ) of the Capital Region.
We hope residents and community members will join us for an open house to learn more about the design alternatives that
are being considered for the streetscape and roadway improvements along Craig Street from Forest Road to Albany Street.
Our team will have multiple information stations where you can see the preliminary design alternatives and participate in
discussions with the City and the project team to better understand the project and help inform the final design. There will
be no formal presentation of the project at this meeting. All comments will be recorded and taken into consideration. We
will also have food provided from Schenectady’s Memphis King BBQ and a range of raffle items that will be given away at the
open house. We hope to see you there!
Project Need: The Craig Street Corridor is primarily residential, connecting major commercial corridors located on Albany
Street and Crane Street, as well as many schools, after-school programs, and other services that are located on many of its
side streets. While the Craig Street corridor is a critical connection for these commercial corridors, Craig Street currently lacks
adequate infrastructure to promote safe travel by pedestrians, bicycle users, bus riders, and drivers. Sidewalks are present
on both sides of Craig Street, but there are no dedicated bicycle facilities along the corridor. The majority of the sidewalks
are in various states of disrepair and do not meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
Project Purpose: To correct the existing pavement and pedestrian facility deficiencies along Craig Street while implementing
complete streets elements that include sidewalks, a cycle track, parking lanes, and green infrastructure where feasible. These
considerations will address the needs of all modes of travel within the project limits such as pedestrians, bicycle users, bus
riders, and drivers.
Project Objectives:
1. Identify and address pavement deficiencies that will provide an extended pavement life.
2. Improve pedestrian facilities including sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, and curb ramps to meet current ADA and
MUTCD requirements.
3. Provide a dedicated bicycle facility as outlined in the City of Schenectady Bike Infrastructure Master Plan and as
selected by the community during the Craig-Main Connection Study.
4. Repair bridge structural elements and reconfigure the bridge deck to match the complete streets improvements
on Craig Street.
5. Provide opportunities for community-driven art along the corridor.
Project Background: Thanks to the City of Schenectady and the hundreds of community residents who shaped the vision
for Craig Street and brought it to life, the proposed streetscape improvements are now funded for final design and
implementation. The idea for this project began in 2016 as part of a bike demonstration project. In 2019, the Craig-Main
Connection Complete Streets Study worked with the Hamilton Hill and Mont Pleasant Neighborhoods to identify a
Complete Streets design that will better serve the neighborhoods through creation of a safer, more efficient, and more
inviting corridor that takes into consideration the needs of all travelers, including pedestrians, bicycle users, bus riders and
drivers. Including opportunities for community focused and created art was identified as an important component of
continuing the community momentum and ownership throughout all phases of the project. Design concepts were derived
from community engagement and the selected design option was the community’s choice. The tremendous engagement
(which included focus group discussions, surveys, open houses, meetings, celebrations, and curbside stations) and
community support for the Craig Street project resulted in the City being awarded millions of dollars in federal funding to
build the project.

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