Hillside Avenue open again after water and sewer work

In this frame from a video of a ceremonial resolution at Town Hall in 2013, Alice Wagner is honored for her service to the town.In this frame from a video of a ceremonial resolution at Town Hall in 2013, Alice Wagner is honored for her service to the town.

BY REBECCA ISENHART
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — A multiple-week detour around Hillside Avenue near the Hillcrest Village apartments has finally ended.

The closure was related to water and sewer line work necessary for the construction of the new Iroquois Village apartment complex.

“It’s actually been closed a lot longer than they meant for it to be closed,” Niskayuna Town Planner Laura Robertson said Sept. 4. “They were putting down asphalt today,” she said.

Robertson said the sewer lines proved more complicated than expected.

The adjacent Niskayuna Commerce Park, where the Galesi Group is working on a building to house Automated Dynamics and TransTech Systems, Inc., was not involved in the road closure. Its property is already connected to water and sewer systems on Hillside Avenue.

The 166-unit apartment project involved water and sewer construction because it will also include a new road, called Alice Wagner Way. The road is named after Alice Wagner, who began working for the town of Niskayuna in 1951 and served as town clerk for 44 consecutive years, beginning in 1961. Her husband, Bernard, was a Niskayuna Police Department captain.

The town dedicated the road to Wagner in February 2013 with a ceremonial resolution at a Town Board meeting. She died that June, just shy of her 99th birthday.

If the developer sticks to its aggressive schedule, Alice Wagner Way and the new apartments along it will be open by spring of next year. Robertson said the developer plans to complete the framing for the buildings over the next few months, then work indoors during the winter.