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Drivers Don't Get Used To Ardsley Rush Hour Jams

ARDSLEY, N.Y — Ardsley may be a small village, but during rush hours, some think it resembles a big city, considering the long line of vehicles that forms daily on Route 9A. At around 5:30 p.m., it can take 15 minutes to travel the mile between Secor Road and Ashford Avenue.

Old as it is, the problem still upsets local drivers, especially the ones frequently crossing the Ashford Avenue bridge over the Saw Mill River Parkway. “Terrible,” said Charles Brooks, who lives in Irvington and comes often to shop in Greenburgh.

Brooks added that Route 9A is a major north-south route for trucks, which can’t go on the Saw Mill River Parkway and don’t want to pay tolls on Interstate 87. “It’s a choking point,” he said.

Eli Rivera, who lives in Dobbs Ferry and delivers pizza by car to Ciccone’s, also complained about the slow traffic late in the afternoon. “It takes a very long time to go from one place to another,” he said. “The whole town is just clustered with traffic.”

After rush hours, Rivera said, and the village becomes very quiet again. “If you come after 7 p.m., you will go right through it easily,” he said.

Both Brooks and Rivera, however, couldn’t think of a solution to the problem. “I am not sure,” Rivera said.

“It’s very difficult,” Brooks said. “I don’t know what they can do.”

There isn’t really any solution in sight, said George Calvi, Ardsley’s village administrator, highlighting that Route 9A belongs to the state, not to the village. “Unless you build a couple of new bridges,” he said. “And with this economy it’s not going to happen.” Calvi mentioned that in 2014 the county will start a rehabilitation project of the Ashford Avenue bridge, and that can make the traffic even worse. “It’s possible that will be down to one direction at times,” he said.

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