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Underpass road near mall to be constructed

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Good news for shoppers. A stalled project intended to relieve traffic near the Galleria Mall could soon get the green light. Our Venise Toussaint has the story.

WALLKILL, N.Y. -- The traffic to and from the mall can be a pain. To make the commute a little easier, an underpass connecting two main shopping plazas was built a few years ago. The only problem? The road underneath it is closed.

"Oh it’s horrible, especially when you’re on the run," said one shopper.

Five million dollars from a $9 million federal grant was used to construct the underpass, leaving the Town of Wallkill with the remaining $4 million to make the road operational. But in order to do so, the town is required to own the land, a process which proved to be a bit of a bump in the road.

"We will get the tunnel open. We will do it right, but we have to follow the guidelines that the federal government has put on us," said Town of Wallkill Supervisor Dan Depew.

Depew says he is in talks with business owners about acquiring their land through eminent domain, purchase or donation.

"I would air on the side of saying we need to have this given to us because we are going to need most of the money to do the improvements to the infrastructure there to handle the traffic flow," Depew said.

Once completed, the road will be expanded, a roundabout will be added and the traffic will flow more freely. Depew hopes to move forward with the project in September.

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