Stretch of Balltown Road to close Friday

Photo provided by the New York State Department of Transportation.
The detour route for the partial closing of Route 146 from July 15 at 9:00 p.m. to July 18 at 6:00 a.m.Photo provided by the New York State Department of Transportation. The detour route for the partial closing of Route 146 from July 15 at 9:00 p.m. to July 18 at 6:00 a.m.

BY INDIANA NASH

Gazette Reporter

— From 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, a portion of Route 146 will be closed, according to John Grady, resident engineer of the Rexford Bridge project.

There will be a detour directing traffic around Route 146 to Providence Avenue to Rosa Road to Nott Street to Van Vranken Avenue then to Aqueduct Road. Grady noted in an email that the detour will be clearly signed to avoid confusion.

According to Bryan Viggiani, a state Department of Transportation spokesman, “Motorists should watch for flaggers at the work location and during the day at the intersection of Rosa Road and Nott Street.”

The Rexford Bridge will remain open throughout the road closure. This will allow residents on Williams Street access to their homes.

The temporary closure is scheduled to allow for roadwork on the new roundabout on the south end of the Rexford Bridge. “The roundabout will be constructed in stages over the remaining course of the project,” Viggiani wrote in a news release.

This is a part of the Rexford Bridge replacement, a $32.5 million project that is expected to take two years.

Crews months ago began clearing the area where the new four-lane bridge is set to be constructed; heavy construction began in late April.

Around 22,000 vehicles use the 51-year-old two-lane bridge every day; it is one of the most popularly used routes between Schenectady and Saratoga counties.

The new four lane bridge and roundabout should make traffic flow smoother and cut down on any delays, especially during morning and evening rush hours.

This is the first complete road closure that the project has required.

While crews are scheduled to keep the road closed until 6 a.m. Monday, Grady hopes that the work will be complete by Sunday afternoon.

In the news release, Viggiani cautioned drivers on the fines for speeding in a work zone, which puts construction workers at risk. “In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license,” he wrote.

Reach Gazette reporter Indiana Nash at 417-9362, inash@dailygazette.net or @indijnash on Twitter.