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The Baby Brother of Parkways – The Sprain Brook Parkway
The Baby Brother of Parkways – The Sprain Brook Parkway
By: Riley Wentzler & Felicia Barber
c. 1960 (Under Construction) Present Day
Roads are the arteries and veins that pump the blood of modern civilization, automobile traffic, around this country. Therefore, the significant roads of Greenburgh should be examined. We would now like to examine a road which is significantly smaller than the Bronx River Parkway which is 23.9 miles long (https://www.greenburghny.com/DocumentCenter/View/7292/A-Truly-Trailblazing-Road-Historic-Roads-In-Greenburgh-Part-I) and the Saw Mill River Parkway which is 29.8 miles long (https://www.greenburghny.com/DocumentCenter/View/7413/Saw-Mill-River-Parkway) The road to which we now turn our attention is only 12.7 miles long (http://www.nycroads.com/roads/sprain-brook/). Yet while this road is the baby brother of the three, curiously, it covers the most ground within Greenburgh. Only 2.3 miles of the Bronx River Parkway fall within unincorporated Greenburgh and only 2.69 miles of the Saw Mill River Parkway run through unincorporated Greenburgh (Greenburgh Department of Public Works). Although the road to which we now turn our attention is only 12.7 miles long, 5.41 miles of it run through unincorporated Greenburgh (Greenburgh Department of Public Works). We are speaking of the Sprain Brook Parkway. Like all parkways the road goes through a park. The park that it goes through is called Sprain Ridge Park (Sprain Ridge Park (westchestergov.com))
Birth of a Road:
In addition to being the shortest of the three roads the Sprain Brook Parkway is also the youngest. While construction of the Bronx River Parkway began in 1907(https://www.greenburghny.com/DocumentCenter/View/7292/A-Truly-Trailblazing-Road-Historic-Roads-In-Greenburgh-Part-I), and construction of the Saw Mill River Parkway began in 1925 (https://www.greenburghny.com/DocumentCenter/View/7413/Saw-Mill-River-Parkway), construction of the Sprain Brook Parkway did not begin until 1958 (http://www.nycroads.com/roads/sprain-brook/). This truly makes the Sprain Brook Parkway the baby brother.
The Sprain was completed in 1980 (http://www.nycroads.com/roads/sprain-brook/). It has decreased traffic congestion on the Saw Mill Parkway and Route 9A. In addition to these benefits, it has reduced traffic, by 20 percent or more, on the Taconic State Parkway (https://www.nytimes.com/1982/01/31/nyregion/westchester-journal-154165.html).
Previous Slices of History include:
About the Authors:
We are both Assistant Town Historians at Greenburgh Town Hall and we are engaged to be married and are currently looking for permanent employment.
I was born and raised in a small rural town in central Pennsylvania. In high school, I took every honors course available including four years of Spanish. I received A’s in all of them. I graduated third in my class of 146 students. This brought me to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Once there, I continued my trend of academic excellence. I graduated summa cum laude in Political Science with a minor in Spanish and a Master’s in Communication Studies, with a G.P.A of 3.94. It was also there that I met my lovely fiancée, Felicia Barber. My Master’s in Communication has promoted public speaking, teamwork, and customer service. My Political Science degree has developed my research skills using computer-based tools and provided me with experience using the Microsoft Office products. My minor in Spanish has facilitated my bilingual capabilities. During my internship at Greenburgh, I created the petition for the State Roads project using website tools. My diverse education and areas of interest have provided me with a wide range of skills. I look forward to finding a career opportunity in business or government. To suggest a topic for next week’s article, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to help me find employment, you can contact me at email@example.com
I was born in New York City and raised in Hartsdale, New York. I graduated from Ardsley High School. I recently earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. It was here that I met my fiancé, Riley Wentzler. As a result of my academic excellence, I won a scholarship every year. I learned and applied many graphic design skills to projects during my summer internships and at school. I am proficient in using Adobe graphic design applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. For my Identity/branding course at Edinboro, I created logos to appear on the tee-shirts of Physical Education majors. For a veteran’s upcoming event, I used a typeface to focus the reader to the soldier in the poster. For the State Roads Legislative Campaign project, I created the embedded graphic-photo that accompanied the petition I am looking for a job to utilize my skills as a Graphic Designer in an agency, print shop, company or government To suggest a topic for next week’s article, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about my artwork or to help me find employment you can contact me at email@example.com.
Two Interviews with the authors:
Eastern Roads. (1996-2018, (NOT GIVEN) (NOT GIVEN)). Sprain Brook Parkway Historic Overview. Retrieved from www.nycroads.com: http://www.nycroads.com/roads/sprain-brook/
Hudson, E. (1982, January 31). The Newest Section of The Sprain Brook Parkway. Westchester Journal, p. 3.
Town of Greenburgh. (2021, January 2). On The Road Again: Significant Roads In Greenburgh – Saw Mill River Parkway . Retrieved from Town of Greenburgh- Slice of History Articles: https://www.greenburghny.com/DocumentCenter/View/7413/Saw-Mill-River-Parkway
Town of Greenburgh. (2020, December 19). A Truly Trailblazing Road: Historic Roads in Greenburgh Part I - The Bronx River Parkway . Retrieved from Town of Greenburgh - Slice of History Articles: https://www.greenburghny.com/DocumentCenter/View/7292/A-Truly-Trailblazing-Road-Historic-Roads-In-Greenburgh-Part-I
Westchester County Government. (2020, (NOT GIVEN) (NOT GIVEN)). Sprain Ridge Park. Retrieved from Westchester County Department of Parks: https://parks.westchestergov.com/sprain-ridge-park