Roundabout in Greenport, Columbia County Opening Tuesday Morning
The New York State Department of Transportation announced today that a new roundabout at the intersection of Routes 9G and 23 in the town of Greenport, Columbia County will open the morning of Tuesday, October 23.
The roundabout will reduce conflict points and eliminate crossing maneuvers at the intersection of Routes 9G and 23 and the approach to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. A refuge lane has also been added for motorists turning left from Route 23B to eastbound Route 23.
Travel lanes between the roundabout and this intersection have also been reduced from two lanes to one to reduce operating speeds approaching both intersections and to enhance safety. Landscaping and some finishing work on the project will be completed next spring.
NYSDOT and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee recently unveiled a new public service announcement and social media campaign focused on the importance of respecting flagging personnel. This year’s work zone safety campaign, “Flaggers have families too,” is designed to remind motorists that flagging personnel are not attempting to disrupt traffic — they are simply doing their jobs and want to get home safely at the end of each work day. The PSA can be viewed here and here.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.