The Village of Pleasantville is moving forward with plans to improve Parkway Terrace—a currently two-way street that connects Bedford and Manville Roads near the Saw Mill River Parkway.
Through Westchester County, the village applied for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in 2009, which also helped improve the streetscape by and , according to Village Administrator Patricia Dwyer.
"This is a very old block grant," she said at the July 9 board of trustees meeting. "It's been something we discussed over the years. It has finally come down to an actual project being bid and awarded."
The village received seven bids for the project on June 6, which were all reviewed by Suzette Lopane of the Westchester County Department of Planning. in the project's scope and specifics, of which about two thirds will be covered by the grant. The village will fund the other third of the undertaking.
Trustees voted to award the project to the lowest bidder at $147,460.
"About $100,000 of this is being funded through the block grant," said Dwyer. "The rest is being supported by the village."
In May of last year, to allow Parkway Terrace to become a one-way street, running to Bedford Road from Manville Road.
Dwyer said the village began looking into this project several years back when neighborhood residents asked "for some relief."
"I know a number of the neighbors on Parkway Terrace and some of the neighbors on Spring Street, in the Roselle area and Weskora have been enthusiastic this project to resolve what has been sort of a longtermproblem," said Mayor Peter Scherer, "and also to address the crazy-ness that happens on that street when there is a line of cars trying to use that street to get onto the slip ramp to the Saw Mill."
The street becomes especially congested during the nearby Saw Mill River Parkway's closures, which occur often during rainfall. The proposed project will close the street's slip ramp to the county-owned parkway.
There are also currently no sidewalks on the street, but one will be added using the grant funds. There will also be a new crosswalk across Manville Road.
Said Dwyer, "It's a small street, but it serves a significant function in the village."