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Briarcliff Looks to Improve Todd Intersection

The village will be applying for a grant to add more sidewalks near Todd Elementary School.

Following up on some 2010 improvements to Pleasantville Road near the Briarcliff Middle and High School campuses and Todd Elementary School, the Village of Briarcliff Manor is looking to make the busy road a safer place during school hours.

A village proposal calls for "improving the sidewalks on the north side of Pleasantville Road, improving the sidewalk on Ingham Road," as well as bringing in a traffic-control device with pedestrian signals at the elementary school intersection.

At last week's Board of Trustees meeting, the board decided to go forward with applying for a grant from the federal "Safe Routes to School Program," which, according to the village, is a reimbursement program,

"to encourage and enable children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; to make walking and bicycling safe and more appealing, and to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects which will improve safety and reduce vehicular traffic within a two-mile vicinity of K-8 Grade schools..."

The grant application is part of an Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) between the village and the school district, Village Manager Philip Zegarelli told Patch. The district approved the agreement at its August 21 meeting, the village reported.

"We believe our numbers are good," Zegarelli said. "If there is a bit of a silver lining, it's that in this downswing of the current economy, when you go out to bid, bidding is usually quite robust."

The village has set a spending cap of $490,000 for the project through the grant program, which does not require an up-front match by the village.

Two years ago, Zegarelli said, the village took steps to install sidewalks near the high school/middle school campus, which borders the Town of Mount Pleasant.

In addition, "We did some sidewalks that were outside of the village in the Town of Mount Pleasant on a joint venture basis," he explained.

Zegarelli stated the town reimbursed the village for the work outside of its jurisdiction.

The federal grant is available for projects that can be completed in the next five years.

Based on recent bids the village has received for projects such as the new water system, Zegarelli said Briarcliff Manor will be looking for bids "significantly below" the $490,000 cap if the the grant is approved over the next few months.

"I believe we have a very strong application," Zegarelli said. "It meets a lot of the targeted areas."


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Melissa Virrill October 11, 2012 at 01:43 PM
One thing that would GREATLY improve the safety of the school children would be to install speed bumps on Ingham Road. The cars do NOT heed the 15 mph speed limit and are often driving at 40 mph down Ingham---now that the school property has speed bumps, drivers are using Ingham as a speed runway to "make up the time" before they are forced to go slower because of the school's speed bumps. PLEASE put speed bumps on Ingham Road--some child is going to get hit. The drivers who are also picking up their children from sports practices and games after school and on weekends are also speeding down Ingham Road. We have many children who live on this street as well and their lives are in peril with speeding drivers who ignore the 15 mph school-zone speed. The school can plow the snow over the speed bumps--and other villages have speed bumps--so I don't see how this can be a reason not to install them. SLOWING THE TRAFFIC DOWN IN A SCHOOL ZONE is the safest thing we can do. Let's protect our children! Please put in speed bumps.
mary torres October 11, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I applaud the town for addressing the sidewalks on Pleasantville road and hope that some kind of safety railing might be included in this renovation. I also second the speed bump recommendation for Ingham. Some towns have rubber speed bumps which are simply chained down, a fairly simple installation. The cars are moving way too fast for such a narrow road which is constantly traversed by elementary aged children.

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