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Public Meetings for Route 9 Active Transportation Conceptual Design Plan Coalition

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The Route 9 Active Transportation Conceptual Design Plan Coalition is sponsoring the first public meetings to gather input on a plan to make Broadway safer for people walking and cycling through Westchester’s Rivertowns. The workshops will take place on Thursday, June 15th from 7-9 pm at the Hastings Community Center and on  Saturday, June 17th from 1-3pm at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. The team is looking forward to the public’s insights as to where problems exist, as well as ideas on how to fix them. Opinions and discussion are welcome.
Earlier this year, the coalition, which is comprised of the Villages of Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, was awarded a $150,000 grant from the New New York Bridge Community Benefits Program to study and present a comprehensive plan to improve travel and safety along Route 9 (Broadway) for all modes of transportation, including bicycle, pedestrian, transit users and vehicles. 
The coalition selected Nelson\Nygaard, a transportation planning firm, to act as the consultant for the project. While Nelson\Nygaard is a national firm, staff members assigned to the project have local roots, including one of the consultants who grew up in Tarrytown.
In addition to leading the workshops in June, Nelson\Nygaard will continue to lead public outreach as it works with the coalition to develop and present a plan for the most effective, seamless connection between the New NY Bridge and the surrounding communities. The coalition believes that integrating the Bridge’s shared-use bicycle and pedestrian path with local roads and trails will benefit Rivertown communities by creating more options for safer walking and biking for residents as well as boosting tourism and local economies by attracting hikers and cyclists from outside the area who come to use the path. 
As part of the process, the consultant team will propose and implement short-term demonstration projects in key locations to demonstrate proof-of-concept. 
Once the plan is complete, in addition to pursuing individual improvements, the five villages intend to work together on design & engineering, grant-seeking, and implementation, as well as independently in seeking funding for specific projects. This will create opportunities associated with addressing the corridor in its entirety, as well as advance a functional continuity in the design of the improvements.
A final draft of the plan is expected by early 2018.
Dates/Times for the workshops:
Hastings Community Center
Warner Library
Contact: Andrew Ratzkin 
Friday, June 16, 2017 - 1:00am to Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 3:00am