Road work begins Thurs.

MAYFIELD — The Route 30 and Route 30A Intersection Safety Improvement project will be underway starting Thursday as the construction of the roundabout starts.

The intersection at Route 30 and Route 30A is expected to be closed starting Thursday until approximately Oct. 15.

According to a release from Mayor Jamie Ward, drivers will still be able to travel from Mayfield to Gloversville and vice versa by Route 349, which will be utilized as a detour.

According to the release, the Paul Nigra Center will be accessible through the “Dead End” of Route 30.

“We are grateful that this dangerous intersection will finally be taken care of, making our area safer to travel,” Ward said in the prepared statement.

The Route 30/30A intersection will be getting a single-lane rural roundabout at the estimated cost of $1.4 million to improve the safety at that intersection.

The existing flashing traffic signal will be removed and a 130-foot diameter single-lane roundabout will be constructed.

The goal of the roundabout is to address safety issues using cost effective accident reduction measures.

The roundabout would prevent vehicles from making the sharp turn at fast speeds.

The Route 30 and Route 30A intersection is known to consist of heavy traffic. On average, there is 11,600 vehicles per day.

The number of accidents at that intersection is over double the expected accident rate which is 2.8 accidents per million vehicle mile and countywide 6.21 accidents per million vehicle mile.

New York State Department of Transportation did a 60-month study on the intersection and in that time there were eight personal injuries, six property damages and three miscellaneous accidents.

The project is expected to be complete this fall.

By Josh Bovee

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