The purpose and history of the Route 9 Active Transportation Project
The project covers US Route 9 from NY Route 117 to the southern border of Hastings. This 9 mile corridor connects the villages of Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry and Hastings-on-Hudson.
Route 9's configuration, heavy motor vehicle volumes, and 150 crashes per year inhibit cycling and walking along and across it. This forms a barrier between our residential areas, transit rich commercial districts, and the 23 schools on and near Route 9.
At the direction of Governor Cuomo, the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement effort (New NY Bridge Project) included a Community Benefits Program. In 2016, Rivertown residents realized the CBP was the perfect way to fund a study of how to improve Route 9.
The 5 villages hired Nelson\Nygaard to run the community involvement process and create a conceptual design. In 2017, four public meetings were held and two surveys performed.
The resulting plan was presented in 2018. It proposes completing the sidewalk network, building more and safer crosswalks, adding protected cycling lanes, better geometry for motor vehicle lanes, plus adding shelters and benches at bus stops.
The 5 villages are working together to garner grants for the engineering and environmental review phase of the project