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Malta getting two new roundabouts, public speaks out

MALTA -- The town of Malta has seen significant growth in recent years, and along with it, more traffic. So now they plan to add two more roundabouts along Round Lake Road. One, at Chango Drive, the other at Rhule and Raylinski Roads. We're told it's to deal with an influx in cars, with even more growth expected in the next 15 to 20 years.

"There's quite a bit of traffic that's using that corridor to get over to the Northway. We're very rich with traffic transportation going north and south, we've got the Northway, we've got route 9, but we're very weak with our infrastructure going east and west," says town Supervisor, Paul Sausville. 

The decision hasn't come without controversy. Those that live here are speaking out.

"I see how they work up route 9 in Malta and I'm not necessarily comfortable with them coming in here I don't think they look ascetically pleasing personally," says Jason Little of Ballston Lake. 

"They're, it's hard to say. They're tough to navigate through sometimes but between them and traffic lights we don't have a lot of choice. There's a lot of traffic coming up here with all the people moving up this way so we deal with what we have to deal with," John Hill of Malta adds. 

Some that live here are concerned with safety, but Town Supervisor Paul Sausville says this is the safest possible option. The Malta planning and building director says multiple workshops have been done, and the Department of Transportation have never had a pedestrian accident at a roundabout.

"I couldn't sleep well at night if I approved a project that wasn't the safest that we could do," Sausville tells us. 

The town plans to use eminent domain on 13 properties to make it happen.

"There's not a huge chunk of land that's being taken, for every road improvement. There's always a need to take some right away. It's in the public good and it's allowed for, but we wouldn't have any roads if we didn't have the right to put that infrastructure in place," Sausville says. 

We're told the project is expected to cost around $5 million, with 80% state and federally funded. Taxpayers in the town of Malta, could be stuck footing anywhere between 20 and 5 percent of that bill. Construction is expected to begin at the end of summer, and be completed by 2015. There is one more meeting to discuss eminent domain, that's on March 3rd at 7pm.

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