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Bronxville Trustees Take Steps to Improve Pedestrian Safety and Approve Phase I Funding For New DPW Facility PDF Print Email


By Carol Bartold, Senior Reporter

Oct. 23, 2019: Pedestrian safety and a slowing of traffic speed are the primary goals of the village’s re-designed intersection at Midland Avenue, Masterton Road, and Crow’s Nest Road. At the Bronxville Board of Trustees meeting on October 15, Village Administrator Jim Palmer noted that the improvements installed to date are only temporary, while configurations of the intersection’s open space and the most effective safety solutions are examined and tested.

Palmer stated that planners recommended a reconfigured intersection of the three streets as part of the 2019 Village Comprehensive Plan. He added that the work was expedited when a driver under the influence of alcohol collided with the traffic signal standard, knocked it down and destroyed it. Relocation of the crosswalk on Midland is a key factor in the new design, but sidewalks, new striping, malleable curving, and rectangular rapid flashing beacons to alert motorists of pedestrians also comprise the new design.

Palmer explained that pedestrians walking down Masterton Road on the easterly side had to cross that street into clear open space as drivers were coming down the hill. Then they had to cross Midland Avenue. Pedestrians walking toward Midland Avenue on Crow’s Nest Road to cross Midland also had to cross Masterton Road to access the crosswalk. A stop sign on Crow’s Nest Road had been positioned up the hill so that motorists had more time to gain speed as they came down the hill, jeopardized pedestrian safety.

“The wider you make the roads, the faster people will drive,” Palmer stated. “We have a lot of traffic and a lot of pedestrians on Midland Avenue. We will channel the cars.” He added that a slowing of vehicles has already been observed with the temporary configuration.

Palmer said that the village plans to install more greenery at the intersection and reduce the width of traffic lanes so that vehicles stop at the correct spot, and be forced to reduce speed on Masterton Road and as they make the turn to drive up the hill. A speed beacon device has been installed on Masterton Road to displays a driver’s speed. “It does seem to slow people down when it informs them that they’re speeding,” he said.

At present, the village is testing the size of the turns at Crow’s Nest Road and Masterton Road to ensure they will accommodate fire trucks.

“This is a work in progress,” Palmer emphasized. “The improvements to striping and the addition of bollards are not the most attractive, but they’re only temporary.” He noted that overall, the comments he has received to date are positive and that the village is engaging in outreach with the neighbors in the area of the intersection.

In business before the board, the trustees authorized $910,000 in funding for Phase I of the new Department of Public Works (DPW) facility. Phase I of the project, on the west side of Palumbo Place, includes demolition of the current salt storage shed, and construction of a new shed as well as a new parking lot.

A quorum allowing the board to approve a resolution to authorize the issuance of debt service for Phase I construction could not be reached. Trustee Randy Mayer recused himself from the vote because of his professional association with the municipal bond issuer likely to issue the bonds. The absence of two trustees from the meeting plus Mayer’s recusal left only two voting members present.

Phase II of the project comprises the construction of a new 9,500 square foot DPW building that will include six vehicle bays for fleet storage, a truck washing bay, a mezzanine level that will house a new office for the DPW foreman, lockers, and kitchen facilities for employees.

Palmer described the DPW project as one “that has been in the works probably for a good five years and is an effort to maximize the existing use of the DPW facility on the east end of our property.”

The Bronxville Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, November 12, at 8 pm in the Trustees Room at Village Hall.

Pictured:  Bronxville Board of Trustees

Photo by A. Warner


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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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