It will be a long process, but officials in Fulton and Montgomery County are working to fix some of the most congested traffic areas in the counties. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Barry Wygel explains.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.Y. -- It doesn't take long for a tractor trailer to go by when driving through the Montgomery County villages of Fultonville and Fonda.
Those two villages lie between the Thruway and the Johnstown Industrial Park. The growth of the park, while leading to economic benefits, also added an immense amount of traffic to the tiny village streets.
"That was the primary reason behind us wanting to take a look at this," said James Mraz, planning director of Fulton County.
Fulton County officials reached out to the state and got approval and funding for a bypass study, to determine whether a new road improve safety, traffic and economic development.
"There are no pre-conceived notions, no predetermined routes. This is going to be done on an engineering basis, and that's what the firm of MJ Engineering has been hired to do for us," said Mraz.
"Whether or not it is a good thing, I think we need to wait and see the results of the study. We don't even know which path this road could potentially take through Montgomery County," said Matt Ossenfort, Montgomery County executive.
Officials hope that with the bypass they can help alleviate some of the tuck traffic that is clogging up the streets in what has become the most congested areas of both counties.
"It's about quality of life issues, it's about economic development. It's about safety, it's about trying to alleviate some traffic congestion," said Mraz.
It will take about 15 months for the study to be completed. Then officials from both counties, as well as state and federal representatives will sit down to see just what the best plan will be moving forward.