SUPERVISOR GROMACK & SUPERINTENDENT BALLARD
LEAD TRAFFIC CALMING EFFORT IN CLARKSTOWN NEIGBORHOODS
(New City, NY)
Clarkstown Supervisor Alexander J. Gromack is leading efforts to reduce
speeding, excessive traffic, and vehicular accidents in key areas throughout
the Town by rolling out a new traffic calming program with Clarkstown Highway
Department Superintendent Wayne Ballard.
“The traffic calming program uses
new guidelines and criteria to evaluate and implement various traffic calming
measures to lessen the effects of overburdened traffic corridors throughout
Clarkstown,” Gromack said.
The program requires residents to
fill out an Application for Evaluation Form which includes a petition of a minimum
of ten households or 25% of the households on a specific street that is
requesting a traffic calming measure.
The application will then be evaluated by the Town. If minimum criteria are met, the Town will
then begin collecting data to evaluate the project’s eligibility. Residents will have ample opportunity to work
with the Town to gather data and represent the interests within the
neighborhoods by electing to create a community working group to work with Town
Staff to review the existing problem, determine community goals and evaluate
various traffic calming measures.
“This program will allow us to work more
efficiently for neighbors in Clarkstown,” said Wayne Ballard, Highway
Department Superintendent. “The program
gives residents a clear procedure for requesting traffic calming solutions in
their neighborhoods, but also provides them with an understanding of what is
and is not possible.”
“The key to this program is not
just adding traffic calming devices throughout the Town, but really evaluating
the situation in order to determine what, if any, calming device may help,”
To alleviate resident concerns of
too much traffic or speeding cars through neighborhoods, the Town is
categorizing streets by amount of use and then placing criteria for traffic
calming measures for each category. To
be eligible for any device, the traffic volume must be within 500 and 8000
vehicles per day and the road must have a minimum segment length of 600ft. Residents on such street may have a menu of
traffic calming alternatives, but subject to existing conditions such as the
grade of the street, curvature of the street, and service consideration, like
being part of a school bus route.
Both Gromack and Ballard are
confident of the program’s success because it focuses on engineering evaluation
of the problem, education of residents about traffic calming, and
enforcement. Visual and physical traffic
calming measures and assessments of the impact of the measures are also key
components of the program.
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