The Feiner Report
What We Can Do To Make Central Avenue Near Sacred Heart Church Safer
GREENBURGH, NY — October 20, 2019 — Detectives advise that the 11-year-old child is progressing nicely and may be released from the hospital as early as today. The 14-year-old is in a medically induced coma resultant to his condition – swelling. He is still listed as critical but stable. Hopefully time is his ally as he fights to recover from his traumatic injury.
I have written to the NYS Department of Transportation and will ask them to review the following safety suggestions proposed by the Hartsdale Neighbors Association. Central Avenue is a NYS owned road so any safety improvements at this location must be approved and implemented by the state. I will also reach out to State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and NYS Assemblyman Tom Abinanti and ask for their help to make this location safer. We have had successes in the past in persuading NYS to make improvements so getting something accomplished is realistic. In recent years, NYS has improved crosswalks at Jackson Ave / Ravensdale, and in 2018 NYS implemented a suggestion we made to install a left turn arrow on Underhill / Old Army Road.
In connection with Four Corners revitalization, a pedestrian island for safe harbor in crossing has been advocated. Such an island, with lighting, could be extended from the corners up a number of blocks to cover the residential corridor. The roadway is 60 feet wide at that point and most likely could accommodate it.
Better lighting overall in this dark area needs to be explored as does the speed at which traffic travels.
As we understand it, the kids were crossing Central Avenue. There is a crosswalk by the church but it has no lighting by the cemetery, on the west side of Central Avenue. The signage to designate the crosswalk is literally right at the crosswalk going south; there does not appear to be advance notice of it.
A rotary, which we discussed with the Planning Board, could slow down traffic on the “speedway” stretch between Harvard and Four Corners, and needs to be considered.
Other suggestions made by residents:
- A blinking light;
- No pleading down on points, fines if motorists are caught speeding near school zones. (Will reach out to state lawmakers and the Judges on these issues).
- I intend to organize a major lobbying effort to get something accomplished at this location.
If you would like to get involved please direct e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org