Westchester Legislator Ryan Announces North Broadway Improvements to Get Underway Next Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2012

Contact: Thomas Staudter | ThomasS@westchesterlegislators.com | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-815-4462 (cell)

Westchester Legislator Ryan Announces North Broadway Improvements to Get Underway Next Week

Project to improve “gateway” road in White Plains from Main Street to Virginia Road

White Plains, NY – Work will get underway next week to improve North Broadway, the busiest thoroughfare in White Plains. In announcing the September 24 start date for the $2.33 million project, Westchester County Legislator Bill Ryan (D-White Plains) said, “The condition of North Broadway has deteriorated to a point where major rehabilitation is needed to provide a safe roadway for the traveling public.”

Ryan noted that County-owned North Broadway has an extraordinarily high average daily traffic count of 28,139, and compared to other county roads, only the Bronx River Parkway’s average daily traffic count of 33,000 is higher. “Getting this work started is essential,” added Ryan.

The 1.51 mile North Broadway project will be accomplished in two phases:

· Main Street to I-287, to be completed this Fall

· I-287 to Virginia Road, to be completed in Spring 2013

The rehabilitation work on North Broadway will replace the deteriorated road surface with a new asphalt surface; install 2,100 feet of new granite curbing; improve Bee-Line bus stop pads; install sidewalk handicapped ramps and under-pavement traffic signal loops; and paint new pavement markings including a crosswalk at Holland Avenue and a crosswalk at Bond Street with the installation of a new traffic light.

The County held a pre-construction meeting two weeks ago with White Plains Department of Public Works, the city’s traffic staff and the contractor. “Tackling a major road project in the middle of a busy community is not easy,” said Ryan, “Everyone is working together, though, to ensure this project runs smoothly with as little disruption and inconvenience to the public as possible.”

Legislator Ryan provided the following information to city residents:

· Milling and paving operations will take place at night

· Milling – grinding up and removing the existing road surface – is a noisy operation and work will be limited to the hours of 7 p.m. to midnight

· Paving – laying down the new road surface – is less noisy and the work will take place between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

· Installation of new curbs and other work will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

· No lane closures during morning and afternoon rush hours

· Motorists need to be alert to lane shifts and directional flagging

· After the milling operation and before paving of the new road surface, motorists need to exercise caution near elevated manholes and storm drains / catch basins

· The County has included in project costs the use of White Plains Police to ensure day/night traffic safety.

“Investing in our infrastructure makes good sense for residents and business owners,” said Ryan. “Putting people to work on a project like this will also benefit our local economy.”

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