Ramapo wants new sidewalks now

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RAMAPO -

New sidewalks will be built along a busy road in Rockland County, but some critics want them sooner than planned.

Officials met today at Ramapo Town Hall to discuss the State DOT plans to put 15,000 feet of sidewalk along Route 59.

Construction is not supposed to begin until spring of 2018.

In light of the fact that a family of four was hit by a car on Route 59 on Monday, the Ramapo interim supervisor is hoping the state could speed up the process. "I wish we could expedite the project, but the reality is, it probably can't. I wish there would be some short-term relief like flashing lights in crosswalks. But I understand the state has to do a study and it may not be the safest option,"  Ramapo Interim Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman.

Meanwhile, an advocacy group called Improve-59 is getting the word out about changes they want to see to Route 59. The group set up shop at the Town Square Mall along the roadway Thursday to spread the word.

Organizers say they want sidewalks to be installed immediately and want the state to adopt other critical safety measures.

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