SCHENECTADY — The intersection of Union and Dean streets along one of Schenectady’s most successful business corridors once featured an attractive circle design stamped into the asphalt to make it look like brick.
It was nearly five years ago that the intersection was improved as part of an ambitious $4 million project to beautify the Upper Union Street corridor with new curb cuts, sidewalks, streets, light fixtures and trees.
Today, most of that work remains intact and the business district is thriving. But the intersection in front of McDonald’s started crumbling just a few years after it was installed, and the problem repeated itself in a few areas up the street toward the Niskayuna town line, intensifying with each season’s chill and thaw so that the faux-brick began buckling and potholes began to form.
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