A busy Mount Pleasant roadway is getting a major facelift following the approval of a multi-million proposal by the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
Courtesy of an $8.2 million grant, there will be a complete rehabilitation of 2.7 miles of Columbus Avenue in Mount Pleasant after a pavement condition index rating determined that “it requires corrective rehabilitation to extend the life of the roadway.”
Legislator Margaret Cunzio said that the stretch of Columbus Avenue which runs from Lakeview Avenue to Nannyhagen Road will be completely repaved, “including milling, joint and crack remediation, resurfacing, concrete curb replacement, installation of “Americans with Disabilities Act” compliant sidewalk ramps, new traffic loops, new pavement markings and related work as required.”
Columbus Avenue is a four-lane roadway that is traveled on by an estimated 20,000 motorists each day. Officials said that pedestrian traffic has increased significantly near the Rosehill Shopping Center and there is no existing sidewalk in the area, which “has led to dangerous conditions for pedestrians, especially in the winter months when snow is piled along the roadway. This has forced pedestrians onto the shoulder of the 45 MPH speed limit road.’
As part of the project, the rehabilitation project will include a new sidewalk in the area and a permanent, “well-lit” bus shelter will be built at the site of the existing bus stop.
“The County Department of Public Works engineers in consultation with the Town of Mount Pleasant have done a really wonderful job of designing this project,” Cunzio stated. “This section of Columbus Avenue is a critical artery for Mount Pleasant residents, students and businesses. This project will leave the roadway itself in excellent condition for decades to come. Equally important, this project makes the Columbus Avenue corridor safer and more inviting for pedestrians, students and people using the BeeLine Bus system.”
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