Arrows will, hopefully, help traffic flow more smoothly near the Lawrence Street-Saw Mill River Parkway intersection in Ardsley
GREENBURGH - Drivers approaching Lawrence Street on the Saw Mill River Parkway will soon see new pavement markings directing them more clearly into the right-turn lane — an attempt to mitigate traffic caused by the nearby Ashford Avenue Bridge project.
The state Department of Transportation agreed to move forward with the lane markings after a meeting last week between state officials and state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, D-Greenburgh and Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner.
The lack of pavement markings at the Lawrence Street intersection was one of a number of issues the local contingent raised about the three-year, $17.9 million project to replace the dilapidated 65-year-old bridge.
“I think it’s really a signal that this particular area is in the attention of everyone and safety is the primary concern,” Stewart-Cousins said Tuesday.
She did not know how soon the markings would be put down. Stewart-Cousins also said the stop line at the Lawrence Street intersection has been moved back to make more room for vehicles to turn.
Since the project began Feb. 29, crews have prepped the Ashford Avenue Bridge, which spans two highways, a town road and a walking trail between Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry, for construction and access from the Saw Mill River Parkway to the bridge has been cut off.
That has forced some traffic to exit at Lawrence Street, south of Ashford Avenue, and use either Saw Mill River Road or Ogden Avenue as a detour.
The pavement markings will help drivers on the parkway understand the flow of traffic as they roll up to the Lawrence Street intersection, where the road goes from two to four lanes in each direction to allow for turn lanes for vehicles exiting onto the cross street.
The increased traffic and the timeline — the construction will not finish until 2018 —has drawn the ire of some locals, including Feiner, who lobbied Westchester County to allow webcams at Ashford Avenue and other nearby intersections to help monitor traffic and construction. In a letter to County Executive Rob Astorino last month, Feiner questioned whether the county had thought the bridge project through.
Stewart-Cousins would not go as far as Feiner, but she did say the local officials would keep working together to ensure traffic is moving in the area while the much-needed construction is completed.
"The reality is, here we are," Stewart-Cousins said. "We have to make sure that we are keeping the people who are using the detour and using the parkway, doing all the things that happen around that area, as safe as possible.”