MALTA – The Town Board discussed forming a special district including the town and the Village of Round Lake to fund the ambulance service provided by Malta-Stillwater EMS during Monday’s board meeting. [Read more…]
MALTA – Members of the planning department presented their recommendations for the Commercial Corridor Design Standards and Guidelines to the Town Board Monday. [Read more…]
MALTA – The Town Board adopted the 2017 salary schedule Monday, which lists Comptroller Kevin King as its highest paid employee, at $103,848.92 per year. [Read more…]
Bill to honor members of the “Silent Service” now heads to the Governor’s desk for review
The NYS Assembly has passed legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville), to designate Route 9 in Saratoga County as “United States Submarine Veterans Memorial Highway—Saratoga County.” [Read more…]
MALTA – Attempts by town officials to reduce the speed limit on an increasingly developed strip along Route 9 in the Town of Malta have been rebuffed, though a feasibility study of the site could help change that decision. [Read more…]
MALTA– CAP COM Federal Credit Union is planning to expand into Malta, according to the Albany Business Review. [Read more…]
MALTA– The Malta Town Board held a workshop on Monday, Mar. 23, to discuss three topics: tree cutting for The Round Lake Road Corridor Project, expansion amendments for Stewart’s Shops Planned Development District, and updates to Town-Wide Generic Environmental Impact Statements (TWGEIS).
There was a vehicular accident last Thursday in the village at the intersection of Milton Avenue and Ford Street. Seems the car in front was actually obeying New York State law and had stopped for pedestrians at a crosswalk. Since such adherence to this particular law is more rare than a productive town meeting in Ballston, the trailing driver did not slow down and thus rammed into the obedient one. No good deed goes unpunished.
This intersection is a bad one for another reason: it is, at times, almost impossible for those traveling on Ford Street to make a turn onto Milton Avenue. This is partially due to a certain pickup truck always being parked on the corner on Milton, complete with a large sign advertising a certain nearby cafe sticking up from the rear. Said sign effectively blocks the view from those on Ford from seeing what’s coming on Milton.
This is not the only trouble spot in the 12020. Anyone traveling south on Rowland Street to the point where it becomes Milton Avenue has had the thrill of navigating the dreaded triangular intersection where Milton Avenue meets Doubleday Avenue. There is that awful guessing game, wondering if cars heading south on Milton are going to go straight up South Street, or onto Rowland. And because of the angle, to look back for oncoming traffic whizzing south on Doubleday, one needs to have a neck more flexible than Mr. Fantastic or Plastic Man. Just a stupidly designed intersection, begging for an accident. Put a roundabout there already.
And speaking of roundabouts, there are those delightful traffic circles throughout Malta. I love them, as they keep the flow of traffic going. However, there are those who still don’t know how to drive them. This can be merely annoying (such as if someone fails to properly yield ) or amusing (for the countless people who somehow end up driving on the bricks in the middle).
Malta has some other trouble spots as well. For those of us who get off Northway Exit 13S daily, there are some issues. The exit dumps you onto Route 9 South, and again, it is quite difficult to strain your neck 270 degrees backward to see if any cars are speeding at 55 m.p.h or greater right at you. Then immediately after getting on Route 9, there is the chance cars are coming or going from Saratoga Bridges Road on the right by the Nissan dealership. It is often easier to just get off exit 13N then do a nice, safe U-turn across four lanes of Route 9 (uhm, not that I’ve ever done that) in order to head south.
Malta also has a few left turns which are rear-enders just waiting to happen. This is not because of a bad layout, but due to tailgaters. Keeping our ride going from the previous paragraph, many will then turn from Route 9 onto Malta Avenue. Some will then wait to bang a left onto Van Aernem, just pass the overpass over the Northway. A few will patiently wait for the turners, yet most speed past, narrowly avoiding them. And, there are occasions they don’t avoid them, as they don’t see them until it is too late. Crash. And, since turn signal use has seemingly become optional over the past few years, well…
For anyone heading west on Route 67 off Exit 12 and looking to hop over to Route 50, a left onto Brookline Road, just past Curtis Lumber, is the way to go. Alas, for those continuing on 67, there isn’t much room to squeeze past. Such is the origin for accidents over they years, like the one there last week which tied up traffic very nicely during the evening rush hour, and caused an expletive or two from your columnist.
Let’s travel west now on Geyser Road, into West Milton. For any of us by chance who are headed headed to the Mill Rock, we all know making the left turn onto West Milton Road is a dicey one. The funky three way intersection is twisty and turvy, and if you are heading that way at 6 p.m., like I often do to play softball there, the blinding setting sun mucks it up even more. A whole confluence of yucky stuff.
Who designs these roads?
Let’s end our journey, where it began, back in the village. The other tricky spots are just part of its charm. There is the U-Turn around the Civil Sam Monument. Or perhaps trying to make a left turn onto Malta Avenue (can we please get a left turn signal there?). And, my personal favorite, watching cars head south on Spring Street between Washington and Front. Yeah it’s the wrong way on a one-way, but it doesn’t seem to bother locals.