South Nyack Victory: State Will Relocate SUP

Dangerous corners: I-87 entrance at Cornelison and S. Bway

Dangerous corners: I-87 entrance at Cornelison and S. Bway

It’s music to their ears: Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Robert L. Megna said the state will relocate the shared use path in Rockland County to reduce the impact on local residents and the neighborhood.

“Your voices and our concerns have been heard,” South Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian said via update. It’s what she and the village wanted: the path will not end at Cornelison Avenue and South Broadway.

Christian said there is “a lot of work ahead of us to determine the best option to get the pedestrian bike traffic to the parking area and entrance” to the path’s new location. Community discussions will be held to review the options.

“I am happy that this beautiful South Nyack Historic District neighborhood will be preserved and that the Shared Use Path terminus, parking and amenities will be relocated to the NYS Thruway Exit 10 land,” village resident Jennifer Rothschild said. This is wonderful news!”

It’s been a trying year for the mayor, who was determined after the outcry following last year’s public meeting to move the terminus away from the quiet intersection. Through the summer and fall the village waited for a meeting with the state, maintaining the terminus must be done in conjunction with its plans for redevelopment.

“We believe this decision is a good example of how the state can rebuild critical infrastructure in a timely, cost-effective manner while still being sensitive to community concerns,” Megna said. “We will continue to do everything possible to make the New NY Bridge the most open, inclusive and transparent infrastructure project in New York history.”

Christian called it “a victory for the residents of South Nyack who voiced their concerns about the impact of the shared-use path on their quality of life and we couldn’t be happier,” thanking the governor and project officials.

The 54 parking spaces Rockland needs per the recent parking demand study can potentially be on existing Thruway Authority property at Exit 10. Westchester’s 97 parking spaces can be accommodated on the site of the former state police barracks.

South Nyack received a $250,000 grant through the bridge project’s Community Benefits Program to study the feasibility of redesigning and redeveloping Interchange 10. The village is now considering several proposals from engineering firms and hasn’t awarded the contract. Project officials have a mid-2018 deadline for the bridge’s opening.

The Thruway Authority and Federal Highway Administration are undertaking an Environmental Assessment to study various parking options for the path. Formal public hearings will be held as part of the process once the draft is complete.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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