Top Stories 2012: Pound Ridge Combats Speeding Problem

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One plan to slow traffic along Westchester Avenue in Scotts Corners would employ bike lanes that would narrow the road. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Louis Fusco

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The Pound Ridge Daily Voice is taking a look back at the town’s Top 10 stories of 2012.

Frustrated with the chronic speeding problem in the Scotts Corners business district, in October the Town Board appointed a commission to study the issue and devise a plan to combat it.

Speeding along Westchester Avenue in Scotts Corners has been an increasing concern over the past several years, but an intensified police presence in the area hasn’t had the impact town officials sought.

The Town Board had decided to construct traffic-calming measures in the business district that would include the creation of islands at two locations along Westchester Avenue to narrow the roadway, placing speed-flashing trailers at strategic points on the side of the road, painting reflective signage and lines on the road itself, and installing raised crosswalks.

However, the Pound Ridge Partnership, the Business Association and several residents who live in the area told the Town Board they felt more input was needed from different points of view before the project proceeds.

State Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) had obtained two grants for the town totaling $110,000 for the traffic-calming measures.

“This grant would be a reimbursement for the actual cost of the project,” Supervisor Gary Warshauer said, “so we do have some flexibility in what we do. I know there has been some objections to things like raised crosswalks, but none of this is set in stone.”

The committee that was created to study the issue included representatives of the Business Association, the Pound Ridge Partnership, local residents, Police Chief David Ryan, Highway Superintendent Vinnie Duffield and landscape architect Louis Fusco.

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