Another better alternative would be to remove the entrances from establishments along Quaker road entirely, and construct rear access roadways that interconnect on the streets off of Quaker Rd. A three lane road (2 lanes with center turning lane and right turning lanes where needed) would run from Queensbury Plaza following Bank St, connect to Lafayette, Glenwood, and Bay behind the establishments. Traffic on Quaker Road would be through-traffic only. This roadway would continue past Bay all the way down to Ridge where it could continue and merge back with Quaker Road. On the other side of the road, Glenwood can be utilized for this with a roadway behind or in front of Lowes and Hoffmans. It could utilize space on the existing right of way because the middle turning lane would not be needed between intersections. Lighted, timed intersection points would be Lafayette, Glenwood, Bay, Meadowbrook, and Ridge.
Imagine being able to drive seemlessly across Queensbury, yet have storefront access between stores without going into the main road. Storefronts would be connected by 2 lane "frontage" roads allowing access to all the stores without going into Quaker Rd. Communities all across the country smartly implement these frontage access roads allowing unincumbered traffic flow on the main routes. Access is controlled at key interchanges.
(An example is here, Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The
main route US 26 is a concrete, limited frontage access, median separated
4 lane highway that has strategically placed timed traffic lights. The yellow lines represent
the frontage roads and intersections that are utilized to travel between
stores in the northern part of the city, while not having this local
traffic interfere with traffic just bypassing the city).
The guardrails are there for affect, they would not necessarily be on
a realistic route like this.
This is a majestic view you can't see because there are no raised roadways in this area.
One spot you can see all of Glens Falls is the Northway just above exit 20, but the growth blocks the view. That area was to be the stack-like interchange for interstate 92, which would have been constructed parallel to NY 149 on the southern-facing ridge of French Mountain and provided a breath-taking view of the Glens Falls valley region.
Glens Falls Metro
Here is another idea for a bypass and circumferential highway system that would serve the local community nicely. It involves a Quaker Rd extension that crosses the Hudson, interchanges with 197, Harrison Rd Extension, NY 32, NY 197, and US 9. Also included is an outter loop which allows direct truck access from the Northway to US4 without going through Queensbury local streets, downtown Glens Falls, or Hudson Falls.
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