Construction at the crosswalk of Edgemont and Ardsley roads neared completion Aug. 14 after nearly two weeks of work and years of planning. Construction began at the end of July.
The Greenburgh Department of Public Works hopes the improvements will make the intersection safer for pedestrian traffic. The project includes building a bump out area to increase sight visibility for pedestrians and installing a signaling system for drivers to be alerted to people in the crosswalk.
“It’s been discussed and talked about for several years,” said Greenburgh Department of Public Works Commissioner Victor Carosi. “Everything finally came together.”
The intersection is a common crossing for commuters walking along Ardsley Road, many either coming from the Scarsdale train station or from Central Avenue.
“The whole idea of this is to create a more visible crosswalk,” said Carosi. “The biggest problem with the geometry of Ardsley Road is the limited sight distance of a pedestrian to the vehicle.”
Final preparations are in place to install electrical wiring for the crossing beacons, which will help drivers see pedestrians as they are crossing. The beacons — rapid rectangular flashing beacons — will be installed on two new poles facing both directions of traffic. Pedestrians seeking to cross the road will need to push a button to activate the beacon’s strobe light, which will alert drivers of their presence. Carosi said he does not anticipate any increased maintenance at the crosswalk would be necessary to upkeep the beacon.
Because of construction — which began in late July — traffic accumulated up and down Ardsley Road with backups going all the way to Old Army Road. A police officer was brought in on Aug. 2 to help construction flaggers coordinate traffic.
“We have been kept in the dark. [The town officials] have not responded to our complaints and they have not vetted with us any proposed safety improvements that they want to impose,” said Edgemont Community Council president Bob Bernstein. “This is literally [the supervisor] governing by press release.”
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said he did not reach out to Edgemont Community Council, but had spoken and walked the area with members of the Old Edgemont Association.
Old Edgemont Association president Jon Guttenberg could not be reached by press time.
“The people who are most impacted were all involved in the process,” said Feiner.
Feiner said funding for the safety project “was included in the capital budget” but did not specify the project’s estimated cost. Carosi confirmed the project to cost approximately $55,000 and was funded out of the $500,000 allocated to the town outside’s budget in pedestrian safety improvements.
Although traffic delays shouldn’t be as apparent, commuters should expect congestion when the crosswalk is repainted. Carosi couldn’t confirm a timeline for when repainting would be completed.
“There might be some temporary lane closers to physically put the white stripes on the roadway,” said Carosi. “I think we’re just waiting to get coordination with our contractor on that issue.”