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Sloatsburg’s Complete Streets Project Focuses on Two Options to Improve Route 17

Posted on 21 May 2017 by Editor

Sloatsburg residents have been participating in a DOT Complete Streets project that looks to transform Route 17 through the Village into a safer, more pedestrian-friendly roadway. The final Public Workshop is set for June, with roadway construction expected to take place in 2018.

Sloatsburg residents gathered in late April to participate in the second Complete Streets Public Workshop, which ended with tables voting on two different options.

The New York Department of Transportation Region 8 team led the Public Workshop II discussion that focused on presenting two Route 17 roadway improvements options, each option reflecting basic corridor improvement goals consisting of safe passage for all ages and abilities, general sidewalk and roadway improvement, a roadway design that encourages traffic calming, and roadway beautification that fosters a vibrant community life and helps the local economy.

Sandra Jobson, regional architecture and environmental landscape manager, once again hosted the evening and walked Sloatsburg residents through two Route 17 roadway options that reflected the information gathered by the DOT in the first workshop.

A view of Route 17 Option 2 that shows lane configuration. Lane modifications will be made via road paintings, a flexible and cost-effective way of making road improvements.

The two options included Option 1, which would maintain four lanes with improvements, and Option 2, which involves a Road Diet and reducing four lanes to two, with a middle turning lane.

The Option 2 Road Diet modifications would be done via roadway painting of lane lines, a flexible and cost-effective (and reversible) way of making roadway changes.

When tables voted on the options at the evening’s end, some 10 tables to 5 voted for Option 2, which included the Road Diet.

The Complete Street project is part of a NY State law passed in 2011 that promotes roadways designed for the safe, convenient access and mobility of all roadway users of all ages and abilities. Complete Street roadway design features might include sidewalks, lane striping, bicycle lanes, paved shoulders suitable for use by bicyclists, signage, crosswalks, pedestrian control signals, bus pull-outs, curb cuts, raised crosswalks, and traffic calming measures.

The DOT met with Village of Sloatsburg officials in mid-May, as well as members of the Sloatsburg Fire Department and other first responders, to discuss roadway improvement options.

The Village of Sloatsburg Board of Trustees is scheduled to make an official recommendation on a preferred option on Tuesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. — the regular board meeting takes place at 7 p.m. due to the Annual Recognition Night for Graduating Seniors Class of 2017 which will take place at 7:30 p.m.

The approximately $4 million Route 17 road improvement project is being funded primarily through NYSDOT, state and federal funds, and will include the paving of Route 17 through Sloatsburg.

The DOT will fund the initial phase of Sloatsburg’s project, which will make major improvements in ease of use for bicyclists, pedestrians, public transportation riders, and local motorists using Route 17.

The final Complete Street Public Workshop is tentatively scheduled for sometime in June, where a final Option will be presented and the project timeline will be discussed.


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  1. Michael Says:

    The road diet is a very good idea. There is a two lane road in Main Street, New City.
    Also there is a two lane road with a turning lane from Haverstraw going north to Stony Point. It is Route 9W which is a US Highway.
    Both of these examples handle a much larger population and many more businesses than Sloatsburg.
    Therefore I think the road diet would be a very good option for the village.

  2. Dave Veraja Says:

    And now for a dose of reality. I drive every single day throughout Rockland County. When I travel from New City and North on route 9w I allow extra time to reach my destination in Haverstraw. In the late afternoon, after work route 9w backs up with traffic at the traffic lights and intersections.

    AS for volume, of traffic Sloatsburg handles far more traffic than our local residents, we host a New York Thruway exit, which serves as the Gateway to all of Orange County and Harriman State Park.. Take a survey of the roadway this Friday afternoon and observe as the thruway exit backs up exiting the thruway and the northbound traffic is at a stand still on the thruway.

    Remember folks like it or not the traffic conditions on Route 17 are a regional issue and not just the Village Of Sloatsburg’s issue.

    A road diet is a mere fantasy much like Disney land, if put in place motorists will pay daily in wasted time while idling in backed up traffic.

  3. Editor Says:

    Route 17 traffic may be a regional issue, but the Village of Sloatsburg is being presented with the Complete Streets Project. The NY Department of Transportation employs engineers and other professionals who seriously study and maintain DOT roads. The road improvement options are being presented to Sloatsburg and not the entire region.

    I get your advocacy, that commuters and their interests should take precedence over the interests of the Village. Just happen to disagree and believe that a Road Diet would be a good thing for Sloatsburg. Worst case scenario would be a modification back to a four lane highway to satisfy commuters who want to move rapidly through the Village at all costs.

  4. Michael Says:

    Commuters have plenty of options. They have the CoachUSA buses, NJ Transit trains, park ride, TOR. They also have the Thruway. Despite the toll, commuters can fly down the Thruway at 70 – 80 mph compared to various speeds and traffic lights on Rte 17.

    Commuters also should have expected the day when conditions along their commute would change. They should know that more residential and commercial development has been built, is being built and will be built adding to the length of their commute. When commuters bought a home north of Sloatsburg because they wanted a bigger house, more property and lower taxes that was THEIR decision. That does not allow them to dictate how towns along their commute develop.

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