South Nyack Waits While Engineers Study Ideas
June was a long time ago. That’s when I told you South Nyack residents would soon meet with project officials about Exit 10 and the shared use path.
Project team members are “currently working on a parking demand study to better estimate how many pedestrians and bicyclists will use the new bridge,” special project advisor Brian Conybeare said at the time.
How can they tell? If designers included a shared use path into the bridge, then they figured people would use it. How many and when? During park hours for starters.
July came and went. So did August and September, which ends tomorrow. No meeting in sight. Each time I asked Mayor Bonnie Christian (most recently on September 13), she said she’s waiting to hear back.
Engineers are still examining residents’ and shareholders’ ideas to see if they’re feasible and cost-effective, and what is their potential (if any) environmental impact. In July, they needed more time to develop the concepts; before that, they were studying other similar locations. Will they tell us which ones?
Initially, the SUP terminus was Smith Avenue, a tiny dead-end street off Piermont Avenue. A second plan, reflecting changes sought by the village, extended it to the intersection of South Broadway and Cornelison Avenue, with parking at the Village Hall site.
Residents are angry about the workshop setting — 10 people to a group studying an idea, then reporting back to the entire audience — instead of an assembly, claiming a workshop limits people’s input, and their communication, whereas in an assembly, the entire room can hear everyone’s comments.
“It’s a dangerous intersection with cars and school buses. How is a bus going to make that hairpin right-hand turn? Someone is going to die,” neighborhood advocate Cliff Weathers said. “In a workshop, only a few people talk about something, and then report back to the group. We need a public forum, where everyone in the room can hear what everyone else is saying.”
I hope that changes.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “We are doing all that we can to make this the most open and transparent infrastructure project in New York state history.”
Well? Why not call a meeting and share what you know so far? Project engineers need more time for studies? Meet with residents and shareholders. Tell them. Silence is offputting, and waiting builds tension when questions are unanswered.
I’d like to know what you think.
Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014