GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Town of Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner has sent a memo to Greenburgh Police Chief Joseph J. DeCarlo forwarding residents' suggestions about placing a traffic light at the busy intersection of Ardsley Road and Sprain Road.
Ardsley Road and Sprain roads meet in a residential neighborhood used by motorists to travel through the Rivertowns and Greenburgh communities. The intersection traffic is currently controlled by stop signs on Sprain Road while Ardsley Road has moving traffic.
DeCarlo agreed that it was difficult to drive across the intersection at times of high volume traffic, but said warning signs in place on both roads slow drivers down somewhat and seem to be working to keep accidents at a minimum.
"This intersection has got to be the most desired spot for a traffic light," DeCarlo said. "Unfortunately, it is probably the least suited for one. Because of the curve and decline on Ardsley Road as vehicles approach the intersection with Sprain Road, a red traffic signal would cause many more traffic accidents in the form of rear-end collisions than we currently have now, which fortunately is very few
"Add inclement weather to the mix and it would be even worse. Likewise, a flashing red/yellow light in the intersection may cause some drivers to brake suddenly, thinking there is a traffic light there about to turn red which can also cause rear-end accidents. Traffic engineers that have evaluated this intersection for developments in the area also agree with this assessment."
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Correction: The intersection at Sprain Road and Ardsley Road has stop signs on Sprain Road not on Ardsley Road.