Grant to help Route 119 get safety makeover

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One Westchester roadway is about to get a much-needed safety makeover.

Sleepy Hollow resident Dan Convissor says that in less than six years, Route 119 in Elmsford saw more than 3,000 crashes, resulting in almost 500 injuries.

He says about 130 of those injuries involved people walking or biking.

Convissor says he applied for and won a $250,000 grant from the state to launch the Route 119 Complete Street Plan.

The plan hopes to make the 6-mile busy stretch between Tarrytown and White Plains more cyclist and pedestrian friendly.

“Tons of people live, work, shop on Route 119. There are places go, but you can't really safely walk or bike there. It's really dangerous and it's unpleasant,” he says.

The plan is just in the conceptual phase now, with designers considering different options for bike paths and pedestrian crossings.

Local officials like Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner says overhauling Route 119 is a no-brainer.

“All the municipalities and planners are really excited about it. Not only do we support it, but we're enthusiastic about it because it's really needed,” he says.

Plan organizers say they want a two-way bike lane put in, with dedicated places for pedestrians to cross the street. They say it won't affect traffic capacity.

Residents are encouraged to contribute ideas on the plan’s website.

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