SCHENECTADY – Build it and they will come is what city and casino officials are banking on when it comes to Erie Boulevard, the busy traffic artery that is undergoing major reconstruction as a Rivers Casino and Resort is built along the street.
Shortly before noon Sunday, the traffic roundabout at Erie Boulevard and Nott Street opened up to cars, according to city Engineer Christopher Wallin.
“I think it’s really going to be a huge improvement to the area,” he said of the roughly $3 million traffic circle that was built on the edge of the property that was once the home to the American Locomotive Co.
The roundabout was expected to open on Monday.
Federal and state funds will cover the bulk of construction costs, with city taxpayers footing about 5 percent of the cost.
The roundabout is expected to improve traffic flow and reduce delays in the area.
Wallin also talked about the $480 million Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor building project. The linchpin of a recreation, entertainment and housing development by Galesi Group of Rotterdam and Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming is the casino that is scheduled to open in February. The casino is rising to the west of the traffic circle.
“It’s pretty much the gateway to Mohawk Harbor,” said Wallin. “It’s going to be right there, its’ right front and center of the casino.”
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