Troy seeks to transform neighborhoods along Hoosick Street, Collar City Bridge

TROY – Hoosick Street would have more of a boulevard look between Eighth and Tenth streets under a proposal that includes transforming the streets in the Hillside North and South neighborhoods and beneath the Collar City Bridge into an area safer and more pedestrian friendly.

The Hoosick Street corridor is one of the busiest in the region, with 42,000 cars passing through daily, cutting Hillside North and Hillside South off from each other. The recommendations in the draft Hoosick-Hillside Study are aimed at changing that.

“This important study presents a series of proposals to better connect Hillside residents and families with local downtown businesses, parks, and our newly revitalized Hudson River waterfront through a variety of transportation options,” Mayor Patrick Madden said in a statement.

“Public feedback is critical to shaping the future of our community, and I encourage residents to log on and weigh in on (the) improvements,” Madden continued. The city has posted the draft Hoosick-Hillside Study online in an effort to solicit comments from residents from Sept. 7-21 at www.hoosick-hillside-study.com/events.

The online presentation includes “recommendations designed to create connections within the neighborhoods, including traffic calming, streetscape improvements, reconfiguration of Hoosick Street, new pedestrian and bicycle connections, and improved connections between Hillside North and Downtown. One recommendation addresses the potential creation of an active park space under Collage City Bridge with a multi-use path between 8th Street and River Street.”

Transforming the four-lane Hoosick Street between Eighth and Tenth streets by constructing a median is one of the ways to do that.

Other proposals looking at slowing traffic through neighborhood streets, which are often used as shortcuts by commuters to escape Hoosick Street. The study looks at making the entire study area safer and more accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Troy is considered a walkable city, but the volume of traffic makes getting back and forth between the twin Hillside neighborhoods a challenge. The Hoosick-Hillside Study also goes west from 15th Street to River Street to look at making the portion of Hoosick Street under the ramps to the Collar City Bridge more accessible and open to new uses.

The study takes a different direction that its predecessors by turning away from the traffic on Hoosick Street to concentrate on improvements that will benefit the neighborhoods.

“The study area generally extends along Hoosick Street from River Street to Lavin Court and includes the adjacent Hillside North and Hillside South Neighborhoods extending along 8th Street and 9th Street between Middleburgh Avenue and Jacob Street,” according to the draft report.

This includes the Hoosick Street Corridor, the Collar City Bridge Area, the Hillside North Neighborhood and the Hillside South Neighborhood.