Route 119 is a major east-west road with constant traffic. There is very little room for sidewalk or bicycle lanes. According to an article published in The Journal News on Sunday, June 10, 2018 by Matt Coyne states “for Westchester bike commuters, plus anyone who walks or takes a bus, there’s hope in a plan to open one of the major east-west thoroughfare to more than just cars”.
There is in existence “the Route 119 Complete Streets Plan”. This plan includes local transportation activists and local, county and state officials on the Steering Committee and funding from the Thruway Authority who wants to make the state road that runs from Tarrytown to White Plains more bike and pedestrian friendly. This Committee hopes to add bike lanes, add or enlarge sidewalks and make bus tops more accessible.
Route 119 runs through Tarrytown where there exists office buildings, hotels and apartments with wider lanes of traffic. However, on Main Street in Elmsford, they have many small businesses such as deli’s, barber shops and bars with narrow roads that require parking on Route 119. Thereafter, Route 119 gives way to car dealerships and strip malls before you get to the Westchester County Center. The physical geography changes vastly along Route 119. The roads goes from raised meadows with three lanes to tight lanes next to curb parking to 10 lanes by the County Center and The Bronx River Parkway.
The plan to redo Route 119 breaks the road into 6 sections with various options. Nearly all include a separate bike lane. Some areas need sidewalk expansion and eliminate car lanes. The stretch from Route 9 into Tarrytown would see the removal of one car lane in each direction and leave the center turn lane intact with bike lanes on either side. Multiple jurisdictions are involved that include Tarrytown, Greenburg, Elmsford, White Plains, The County and State. The Village of Elmsford Administrator is concerned about changes that could harm downtown’s parking which is necessary for small businesses as well as sidewalks. One option in Elmsford includes keeping all four lanes and parking lanes in place and adding a center turn lane and bike lanes outside the parking lanes. Also better synchronization of lights to help traffic flow.
The State is in a unique position to move forward with a revitalization of Route 119 with the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge on track to open this year. The bridge includes walking and biking lanes that will connect to trails in Westchester and Rockland Counties with the State seeking to upgrade Route 9 in Tarrytown near the bridge.
All of this concern is a result of greater pedestrian and bike accidents with cars all along Route 119.
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