ARDSLEY, N.Y. -- Traffic in Ardsley can be a nuisance at times, especially in the downtown area at rush hour. The village had a public hearing at its Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday to address proposals to help alleviate the problem.
The proposal that was highlighted is one that would widen Route 9A/Saw Mill River Road by about five feet at certain locations so another lane could be added. Thomas Madden, the Commissioner of the Department of Community Development and Conservation in Greenburgh, answered questions about the proposal from the board and residents in attendance. Much of the project would require some land owned by local businesses or residents to be converted to village property in order for the road to be widened. This worried some in the crowd on Tuesday night.
"I'm really opposed to taking land that is the tiny bit of green we have," said Gloria Esteves, a resident of Ardsley for the past 19 years. "I feel as residents of this town we bend over backwards for traffic."
Madden stated that the proposed project would remove trees, but that new ones would be replanted.
Other concerns were raised over the amount of money being spent and whether it would affect taxpayers, but Mayor Jay Leon said the money would not come from taxpayers.
Leon, who has been on the board for the past eight years, said improving traffic has been one of his main concerns during his term.
"The biggest complaint I get every year is traffic, traffic, traffic," he said. "We found an avenue [with this proposal] where we think we can make a difference."
The project is meant to alleviate traffic issues in the future, more so than immediately. Leon also reiterated that the village would not be taking large pieces of land, less than 3,000 square feet total.
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