The four-lane segment of Route 9, only 1.3 miles long, should be returned to its original two-lane configuration but with turn lanes, the lack of which are a major impediment to smoothly moving traffic. Since this 1.3-mile aberration requires traffic to merge at
either end of the downtown there is no benefit to getting out-of-town traffic through the Village. Merges are accidents waiting to happen. A monumental benefit to a redesign – nearly a hundred curb-side parking spaces would magically re-appear.
Increasing activity on the waterfront will cause increasing congestion. Plans for alternatives to the car need to be started immediately – trolleys, jitneys, etc. Successful villages and towns have figured out that this is the solution. Waterfront development is flourishing, and that is before the Sing Sing Museum opens, bringing in thousands of new visitors. Main Street wants that waterfront business but where will people park if they do venture up the hill? Good urban planning requires anticipating a need before it manifests.
Prior development committees have ignored these issues. Let us hope that this committee finally addresses these impediments to the future success of the Village of Ossining. u
Maureen Morgan, Ossining