Sch’dy’s Upper Union Street crosswalks to be repaired

Upper Union Ave traffic circleThe traffic circle on Upper Union Avenue in Schenectady on Thursday, July 10, 2014, one of the streetscape sites being repaired with a new Metroplex grant. Photo by Patrick Dodson/Gazette Reporter
Upper Union Ave traffic circle

The traffic circle on Upper Union Avenue in Schenectady on Thursday, July 10, 2014, one of the streetscape sites being repaired with a new Metroplex grant. Photo by Patrick Dodson/Gazette Reporter

BETHANY BUMP
Gazette Reporter

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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