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Calming Traffic a Top Concern in Rivertowns Square Project

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Traffic has been one of residents’ largest concerns with Rivertowns Square , evidenced by the almost 400 comments that were submitted in response to the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement.  Developers and the board of trustees have been working to find ways to calm some of this traffic with changes to the project.

“The biggest focus is how to mitigate traffic, but there has to be a balance to benefit the community,” said Dwight Douglas, the village's consultant planner.  “There will be an increase in traffic regardless.”

One of the largest changes was the move from the original 55,000 square foot supermarket down to an 18,000 square foot market along with the addition of the 33,000 square foot Sundance Cinemas .  Developers have said the theater's majority of traffic would come at off-peak hours, which would help offset traffic earlier in the day.

Philip Greely of John Collins Engineering spoke at length at Thursday night’s public work session about the traffic effects in the village and potential changes.

Some proposed changes include at the intersection of Lawrence Street and the Saw Mill River Parkway there would be new traffic signalization, an extension of the left turn only lane going northbound and a widening of Lawrence Street.

“This would clean up some of the movements that create traffic by Chauncey Square,” Greely said.  “Basically an entire replacement of the signal system that is there today.”

Greely also spoke about the Ashford Avenue, Ardsley Road and Route 9A intersection improvements and suggested restriping crosswalks and new signalization to benefit pedestrians.  On Ashford Avenue there would be timing improvements at traffic signals and pedestrian signal improvements.”

“We want the signals to be interconnected so that they actually speak to each other,” Greely said.

Lining up the traffic signals like this would create smoother transitions throughout the village and help calm some of the traffic.

There was also a proposal discussed with the Danforth and Ogden Avenue intersection receiving a 30 foot cross section and a sidewalk system up Ogden Avenue.  There would also be restriping on the road and 11 foot wide travel lanes and four foot wide shoulders up to Beacon would be created.

“If you have a wide road, people tend to drive faster,” Greely said of the 11 foot lane, which would be one foot narrower than it is now on Ogden Avenue.

The developers have also been discussing adding speed humps or speed tables on Ogden Avenue to slow drivers down.

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