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Sloatsburg Complete Streets Workshop 3 Takes Place Tuesday

Posted on 18 June 2017 by Editor

View of Complete Streets Option 2 lane configuration via road painting, a flexible, cost-effective way of making road improvements. The third and final NYDOT Public Workshop takes place on Tuesday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at the Village of Sloatsburg Fire Hall. Residents are encouraged to attend.

On the cusp of official summer, Sloatsburgers are invited to attend Tuesday’s third and final Public Workshop on the Village Complete Streets effort.

The evening will once again feature the New York Department of Transportation Region 8 team, led by Sandra Jobson — a landscape architecture and environmental manager. Jobson is expected to preview the DOT’s transportation plan for Route 17 through Sloatsburg, while getting input from residents on a number of preferred details.

The Village of Sloatsburg Board made its option recommendation at the beginning of June, choosing Option 2 Road Diet.

“The Trustees spent a lot of time and listened to a lot of people,” said Mayor Wright about the board decision. “The overwhelming thinking is that this improvement is going to make Route 17 safer.”

Mayor Carl Wright called the Complete Streets opportunity historic and said that the board did not take the option vote lightly because the decision affects thousands of people’s lives.

Sloatsburgers showed up to participate in a recent NYSDOT Region 8 Public Meeting on the Sloatsburg NYDOT Complete Streets Project. The final workshop takes place Tuesday.

Key points of impact possibly covered at Tuesday’s workshop might involve a discussion of sidewalk and curb improvements, bike lanes and center Village on-street parking, and how the DOT will implement the Road Diet, or narrowing of Route 17 from four lanes to two lanes with a middle turn lane.

In various meetings where the Complete Streets project was discussed Village Trustee John Bonkoski stressed his concerns that the Road Diet option might create traffic problems through the Village.

Trustee Bonkoski also promoted the idea of a long merge lane, possibly even beginning at or near the Tuxedo Farms new entrance on Route 17 near Sloatsburg’s northern boarder.

In other Village news, the Sloatsburg Mayor and Trustees agreed to updated Commuter Lot parking rules that establish free weekend and holiday parking at the lot – the change a response in sorts to consensus that a more flexible policy might provide assorted dividends. The Sloatsburg Fire Department finally broke ground on the new “storage garage” (aka ladder truck hangar or perhaps new fire house and grounds) in June at the Municipal Building parking lot. The department has new ladder and rescue trucks to house. Look at the the addition as a municipal improvement project.

And then there’s this local announcement and enthusiasm … if you want to get involved.

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