GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Members of the Greenburgh Town Board and I are very concerned about the hazardous and unsafe conditions at the intersection of Saw Mill River Parkway and Lawrence Street.
I intend to push for an onsite meeting with New York State Department of Transportation officials, our State Senator, our State Assemblyman, the Greenburgh, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley police chiefs, the Westchester County Commissioner of Public Safety and village of Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley and town officials.
If we all meet at the location and observe first hand what's happening at the same time - my guess is that New York state will be forced to address this extremely unsafe condition. I have forwarded a number of complaints to the state about this condition in recent weeks. Now that the Ashford Avenue bridge work has started - the situation is getting much worse. New York state is on notice that this is an extremely dangerous situation.
Greenburgh Councilmember Francis Sheehan shared the following email with me this morning highlighting the problem.
"I personally experienced the hazardous condition at the intersection of Saw Mill River Parkway and Lawrence Street. I was barely moving to make the right from the northbound Saw Mill onto Lawrence Street, after sundown, with inadequate street lighting in the rain. The guard rail is so close to the northbound right lane that, to ensure not hitting the rail guard while making the turn, the driver unknowingly winds up encroaching on the center lane on Lawrence Street, which the drivers suddenly learns is westbound head-on traffic. At a minimum, the stop bar for the westbound traffic needs to be moved back significantly to allow for the northbound right-turning vehicles to make the turn unimpeded, and the guard rail needs to be moved farther from the traveling lane so there isn't the need or perceived need to make a wider turn to clear the rail."