Heavy Traffic Expected Near Stop & Shop in Dobbs Ferry through Dec. 23

"Heavy volume traffic" is expected daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the area.

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The Dobbs Ferry Police Department is cautioning motorists to be aware of construction in the area of Stop & Shop, 390 Broadway, from Monday Dec. 9 to Monday Dec. 23.

United Water New Rochelle will be replacing a water main on Broadway in the area of Estherwood Avenue and the Stop & Shop. The contractor’s work crews will be working in the street between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, police said.

Police said motorists should anticipate heavy volume traffic and delays during these times and to avoid the area with alternative routes during when possible.

Paddy Steinschneider December 09, 2013 at 08:39 AM
We need to differentiate between traffic volume and congestion. They are not the same thing. The problem at Stop&Shop will be traffic congestion caused by the work that is being done in the street to replace the water main. That will cause congestion; unless it is fascinating for some reason and draws onlookers, which could then be an increase in volume. The reason that this matters is that people who oppose development often do so on the basis that it will increase the number of vehicles on the road. The assumption is that will cause traffic delays, as a result of more congestion. There are two kinds of congestion, similar to two kinds of cholesterol. Bad congestion is the kind that results from conflicts in traffic patterns, with drivers fighting through intersections or past obstacles. The good congestion is the kind that is caused by more people coming to the place. This can be the result of higher volumes and isn't really congestion as much as it can be the orderly pattern of more cars being handled by the streets. This can mean traffic moving slower, but not in confusion or frustration. There are that have solved the congestion problem in the wrong way, by convincing people not to go there. Maybe something appreciated by the person who uses the place as a bedroom, but who shops and works somewhere else. For the person who works and shops, or maybe owns a store, restaurant, or business, this is not a good solution. Places like the rivertowns need vibrant downtowns that offer the completeness that serves residents. They can go somewhere else for something, but they don't have to. The congestion caused by the construction will likely be frustrating, but it is temporary and it is necessary to repair the water main. Hopefully, there will come a time when Broadway and the downtown are tweaked to reduce traffic speeds to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians. If these tweaks are done correctly, it will be practical to accommodate significantly larger numbers of vehicles. As an aside, it is interesting to note that the primary cause of congestion at some hours is the crossing guards who make it possible for children to cross the street against the lights, instead of being there to make sure that the children obey the pedestrian walk signal.
Isosceles Quadrangle December 10, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Irrespective of the relative semantic validity of the language employed by the author here, I think it absolutely cannot be argued that the intersection of Cedar and Broadway is anything short of an abject disaster considering the size of the village in which it is located. Being the sole traffic artery connecting Dobbs Ferry to the outside world, it is routinely overburdened by general daily commute, to speak nothing of the compounded misery experienced once maintenance work is factored into the equation. In this sense, I too take a certain amount of umbrage with this article, chiefly in its superfluous nature and, by extension, its ultimate futility. Also, I think it is safe to say that despite the nature of traffic's origination (poor traffic pattern engineering, commercial development, ironic well-meaning traffic guards, et al) the vast majority of its sufferers greet it with due frustration.


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