500-514 Troy Schenectady Road Latham, New York
When driving eastbound on NY Route 2, the YIELD signs are too close to the Circle. There are tree branches which hide the YIELD signs, and drivers do not slow down until it's too late.
Perhaps YIELD AHEAD signs can be installed a few hundred feet from the intersection, in order to warn speeding drivers to SLOW DOWN when approaching the Latham Circle.
696 Troy Schenectady Rd Latham, NY 12110, USA
The intersection of Wade Road and NY Route 7 is extremely poorly lit. It is hard to see what lane to turn into because this intersection is so wide, and at night it is very dark and disconcerting to be at such a dim intersection, especially in the middle of such a populated area with a lot of through-traffic.
With the new bridge being built over Interstate 87, the intersection at Wade Road should be improved as well, to allow safer passage of traffic during the nighttime hours.
137 Sparrowbush Rd Latham, NY 12110, USA
There is a sign at the corner of Sparrowbush Road and Wade Road Extension that says, "State Law: Don't Drive on Shoulder".
This sign is incorrect.
Signs stating "Don't Drive on Shoulder" are used for roads where people illegally utilize the shoulder for a very long stretch as if it were another lane.
This is NOT what is occurring here, and the sign is NOT APPROPRIATE at this intersection.
At this location, the corner strip of the shoulder seems to be being used by motorists as if it were a "Right-Turn" lane.
Therefore, either a "No Turn on Red" sign should be at this location instead, or an additional "Right-Turn" lane should be constructed, with proper lane markings and right-turn arrows.
This would allow westbound traffic on Sparrowbush Road to turn right onto Sparrowbush Road northbound without having to wait needlessly behind other traffic which is going straight onto Wade Road Extension.
I don't understand why this was not designed correctly to begin with. It is very poor planning to build a traffic intersection without taking this into account.
REDESIGN THIS INTERSECTION CORRECTLY!!!!!
ADD A RIGHT-TURN LANE!!!!
244-248 Wolf Rd Colonie, NY 12110, USA
There are TWO right turn lanes to turn from Albany Shaker Rd eastbound onto Wolf Rd southbound (See light blue circle in attached photo). When drivers use the extreme right lane to turn right, they almost always IMMEDIATELY move into the left lane which is illegal. When turning right from the right lane, drivers are required to enter the right most lane. If they want to move into the left lane very soon after completing a turn, they're suppose to look into the left lane, signal a lane change, then change lanes when safe do do so. I was almost side swipped at this intersection. A Chevy Blazer was in the far right lane _directly_ next to me. We both turned right at the same time. Within TEN feet of turning right, the Blazer pulled directly into the left lane where I was. I HAD to take evasive action. Luckily no one was coming towards me on Wolf Rd.
One solution is to paint a FAT solid white line between the 2 right turn lanes on Albany Skaker Rd, around the corner onto Wolf Rd. Have the FAT white line end about 4-5 car length from the intersection (See red line in attached photo). Legally, no other vehicles should be entering the right lane on Wolf Rd at this intersection except those turning right from Albany Shaker Rd (Since there is ONE left turn lane onto Wolf from near the Times Union building, those vehicles are by current law required to enter the left lane. See yellow dashed line in attached).
I _know_ drivers don't always obey traffic lines and signs, but something has to be done, especially at this intersection, to remind drivers which lane they should be turning into. Traffic is heavy enough that a double right turn (like it is marked now) is warranted from Albany Shaker onto Wolf Rd.
627-629 Watervliet Shaker Rd Latham, NY 12110, USA
Light to Doorstone Dr. South is on a timed cycle vs a sensor cycle -- traffic on Rt 155 waits even though no car at light on Doorstone.
Seems to be working fine the last few days (2/19/11). Thanks
202 Troy Schenectady Rd Latham, NY 12110, USA
There are two traffic lights very close to each other on the intersection of Troy Schenectady Rd and Swatling Rd. Both lanes aremarked for left turns. If I have to make a left on Swatling Rd. from Troy Schenectady Rd.(coming from Latham circle), which lane do I go to? It is always confusing for me . Please explain
97 Forts Ferry Rd Latham, NY 12110, USA
The traffic light on Forts Ferry Road in front of the elementary school frequently disrupts traffic due operating by timer rather than by sensor. All day long, and all year long, whether school is in session or not, the light follows its 30-second routine of stopping traffic along Forts Ferry Road. There are often cars on Forts Ferry that must sit there and wait while no traffic is turning into or out of the school or the side street (Elinor Pl) across from it.
Ideally, this light would only stop traffic on Forts Ferry Road when a waiting vehicle is detected at the school or side street. During the summer and winter school breaks, it should probably be a flashing yellow light facing Forts Ferry, and a flashing red light facing the school and Elinor Pl.
State Highway 7 Colonie, NY 12110, USA
So many drivers wanting to get on the Northway from Rt 7 drive past the slowed traffic and jut into the off ramp through the median between the ramp and the remaining part of Alt Rt 7. Put a barrier so these drivers get in line like the rest of us and stop causing accidents due to others having to stop quickly.
State Highway 7 Latham, NY 12110, USA
With the recent rash of horrendous, fiery, fatal crashes taking place along this incredibly dangerous stretch of NY Route 7, it is unthinkable that this high-speed section of the highway has never had a center median guardrail or concrete barrier installed after all this time!!
All that's there is a center strip of grass! How is a thin strip of grass going to stop vehicles from careening into oncoming lanes of traffic on such a high-speed highway?? IT ISN'T!!!!!!!! This is utter neglect on the part of New York State!
I don't know how this section of Route 7 was ever allowed to be given the designation of 65 MPH and "Meeting Interstate Standards" when there are no guardrails in the median for such long distances!! Not to mention that the grade is too steep, the road is too dark because there isn't any proper highway lighting, and there are far too many slow drivers who hog the passing lane, which is one of the MAIN CAUSES of these types of "aggressive driving" crashes!
At least installing a center guardrail would prevent (or reduce the chances) of fatalities from head-on crashes like the one which recently occurred a few days ago!
Even if this crash was caused by "aggressive driving" as it is alleged, at least the severity could have been lessened by fixing this neglectful carelessness by the State of New York, and maybe nobody would have gotten KILLED!!!
I think it's just an excuse to allow police cars to tear across the median so they can give people tickets, instead of putting up the required proper highway barriers so that out-of-control vehicles wouldn't be able to fly across the road into oncoming traffic and KILL PEOPLE!!!
7 VotesFix it! Voted!29-39 Mill Road Latham, NY
Colonie Police are using private driveways for routine traffic patrolls along Mill Rd.
They are also doing this on numerous other roads and private parking lots in the Town of Colonie.
This is illegal, and violates private property rights.
It is also a violation of the right against illegal search and siezure.
84 Forts Ferry Rd Latham, NY 12110, USA
The traffic light in front of Forts Ferry school cycles 24/7 even when school is not in session. I think the light should be set to blink (Yellow on Forts Ferry and red on Elenor when school is not in session.
I often have to stop for the light to cycle when there is no traffic coming from the school or Elenor Pl.
Interstate 87 & Wolf Rd & Albany Shaker Rd Colonie, NY
The Exit 4 ramp from Wolf Road onto Interstate 87 northbound should be a prime candidate for metered on-ramps when it is reconstructed in the next few years.
The number of cars violently accelerating to merge onto Interstate 87 northbound during the afternoon rush hour causes incredibly dangerous weaving/merging actions.
A metered on-ramp would also free up some of the backups of northbound traffic on the Interstate 87 mainline between Exits 5 and 8, especially around the notorious "Twin Bridges."
753 Loudon Rd Latham, NY 12110, USA
The rear entrance into the Boston Market parking lot (from Kunker Ave.) is designed so that vehicles are supposed to make a full-circle (to the right) around the building before parking or entering the Drive-Thru window.
This is even reenforced by two yellow arrows painted in the same direction, headed to the right, for the Drive-Thru lane AS WELL AS the main driving lane.
However, confused/oblivious drivers dangerously turn left, AGAINST traffic in order to park, or they turn left and then DRIVE OVER THE CONCRETE MEDIAN in order to enter the Drive-Thru window.
This happens so frequently (sometimes 10-15 times per hour during busier times), and it is an absolute shock that this is being allowed to occur!
Drivers who drive LEFT around the building can cause a HEAD-ON COLLISION because they are not warned that the parking lot is only a ONE-WAY!!!!
Sometimes the confusion even spills out onto Kunker Ave. where drivers are making U-Turns in the street or in the Car Wash parking lot, because they have absolutely NO IDEA where they are supposed to go!
This situation must be corrected ASAP!
664 New Loudon Rd Latham, NY 12110, USA
With the new Fresh Market Shopping Center being built at this intersection, I think it is necessary for street signs saying "New Loudon Road" and "Watervliet Shaker Road" to be attached to the traffic light poles at the streetcorners in this area.
There are many new motorists to this area in Latham, who are unfamiliar with the names of the road, (coupled with the confusion of all the detours around the Exit 6 construction project) and it would really help drivers better navigate through this area.
46 Old Loudon Rd Latham, NY
At nighttimes, when you're headed southbound on Old Loudon Rd., the light only stays green for about five seconds. This is not enough time to make it through the intersection.
Please re-time this light so it stays green longer for the people on Old Loudon Rd.
29-99 Cobbee Rd Latham, NY 12110, USA
The northern exit of New Loudon Plaza onto Cobbee Road is configured so that drivers are only allowed to make Left-Turns onto Cobbee Road heading west.
Every single day, however, hundreds of motorists exiting the plaza who want to turn right (thus disobeying the No Right Turn sign), either drive across the street into the deli parking lot, turn left and then make a U-Turn and then go the opposite direction, or just ignore the sign altogether and turn right even though the exit is curved sharply to the left on purpose.
This afternoon, I happened to be sitting in the plaza parking lot, and counted 23 vehicles which pulled this manoever, only within the time-span of 45 minutes!
This causes confusion and backups on this tiny connecting road, with all the annoyed drivers flying through on Cobbee Road at high speed, and creates a dangerous situation with drivers who insist on turning right, in defiance of the posted No Right-Turn sign.
1) Why is the exit made a Left-Turn Only in the first place, thus forcing all traffic to go onto the already-congested Route 9?
2) Why don't the police monitor this situation, and ticket drivers who ignore the No Right-Turn signs clearly posted at the exit of the plaza?
This issue needs to be corrected at once.
6 Latham Ridge Rd Latham, NY 12110, USA
There are bushes on this intersection that are right up to the corner of the road. It makes it extremely difficult for drivers to look to the right to make sure they aren't pulling out directly into traffic. They should be significantly trimmed back immediately!
573-599 Columbia St Latham, NY 12110, USA
A "LEFT TURN ONLY" sign should be installed hanging on the traffic light of Route 9R westbound in the LEFT TURN ONLY lane.
There only is a left turn arrow painted on the pavement in the left turn lane onto Johnson Rd., but many impatient drivers do not see it, and violently cut past, causing an extremely dangerous situation for people already in the right lane who want to merge left after properly clearing the intersection!
I've almost been rear-ended numerous times by drivers with road rage who are angry when driving behind slow drivers headed from Cohoes toward Latham on 9R!
Once they hit the traffic light onto Johnson Rd., they gun the gas pedal and careen into the left lane at breakneck speeds while trying to pass in the LEFT TURN ONLY lane!
Someone could be killed here!!
Lower Ford Ave Troy, NY
Going down lower Ford Ave there is a house about half way down on the left that has a huge army truck. There are people going in and out all day long. Many people only stay for a few minutes. Something has got to be done the are elderly people in children in this neighborhood.
State Highway 7 Latham, NY 12110, USA
The Exit 7 westbound ramp to Interstate 87 northbound frequently causes backups on Interstate 87 between the Latham and Clifton Park exits.
Perhaps a "metered on-ramp" system should be installed as an way to control the volume of traffic flow northbound, and alleviate some of the backups during rush hours.
Traffic lights are used to allow vehicles to enter the highway only at certain intervals. This helps increase gaps between vehicles in heavy traffic.
A sample picture of a ramp in which this system is installed is attached below.
Forts Ferry Road Latham, NY 12110, USA
The red light changes to green and a split second later back to red. One car barely makes it through. There is no traffic on Wade Road Extension to trip any signal. It is sporadic, but happens at various times of the day.
566 Wvlt Shaker Rd Colonie, NY
Intersection of Old Loudon & Rt 155; The green light for northbound traffic (Old Loudon) will very often stay green for only a few seconds before going yellow. This happens even when there is a long line of cars. Bad sensor?
568 Watervliet Shaker Road Latham, NY
Left-turn green arrows are DESPARATELY needed at this dangerous intersection!
With the entrances to Dunkin Donuts, Firestone, and Stewart's, as well as all the traffic from Shaker High School, this intersection is constantly the scene of harrowing traffic nightmares and mayhem!
Traffic on Route 155 eastbound BLOCKS Route 9 and causes GRIDLOCK at rush hours!!! This level of service is UNACCEPTABLE!!
INSTALL LEFT-TURN GREEN ARROWS HERE IMMEDIATELY TO STOP ALL THIS MADNESS HERE!!!
555 Watervliet Shaker Rd Latham, NY 12110, USA
Poor traffic control at intersection of Old Loudon Rd. and Watervliet-Shaker Rd. results in pile-ups on Watervliet-Shaker in both directions. Left turns from Watervliet-Shaker Rd. onto Old Loudon Rd. (and into Stewart's) should be prohibited.
Francis Delasandro Blvd Albany, NY 12211, USA
For traffic heading Southeast at the entrance to the airport, the left turn signal illuminates even when there are no cars in the turning lanes. This causes an unnecessarily delayed green light for traffic heading in the opposite direction.
644 Wvlt Shaker Rd Colonie, NY 12110, USA
At Wade Road and Sparrowbush the lights need major fixing. Every 3rd or 4th light for whatever reason the lights are programmed TO ONLY LET 3 CARS THROUGH GOING ON SPARROWBUSH. This means that impatient drivers who are in a line running 15 deep in morning usually blow through light as they just waited 2 minutes and don;t feel as though they should wait any longer. Someone needs to check this light pattern out and detrmine why every 3rd or 4th light only lets 3 cars go through. This has been happening all year long! happened this mormning once again. I was the lucky 3rd car that got through!