The new flyover/circle at Washington Ave and Fuller Road in Albany opened Monday morning. The final section -- the re-routed eastbound side of Washington Ave Extension north of the new nanotech buidling -- was connected over the weekend. It's an important intersection -- about 30,000 vehicles pass through it each day, according to NYSDOT.
We happened to be out that way yesterday so we gave the florcle a few spins.
A few initial impressions...
+ Washington Ave is now a straight shot through the intersection. It "flies over" Fuller. And if you're headed that way, that's an upgrade.
+ Bonus points for the curve on the new section of the Washington Ave Ext that passes along the nanofab building.
+ The Fuller Road situation is more complicated. Roundabouts seem to give a fair number of people stress. That's understandable -- during high traffic they're like trying to jump into the middle of one of those dances from a Jane Austen film. But transportation planners maintain that roundabouts are safer than other types of intersections. They just don't always feel like that -- and this one probably won't be any different for some people.
+ Part of the weird feeling comes from the huge pillar holding up the Washington Ave flyover -- it's right in the middle of the circle and blocks the other side of the circle.
+ That pillar combines with the flyover overpass and the I-90 overpass to the north to create what feels like a cramped intersection.
+ Another part of the situation that feels odd: "exiting" from Washington Ave to take Fuller. (Before the florcle was completed and all the signage was in place we totally missed the off-ramp.)
+ All that said, traffic was flowing smoothly on Monday.
+ As intersections go, we'd probably rank the Latham SPUI ahead of the new florcle.
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