YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers residents will soon see changes coming to the Ashburton Avenue area in the form of major road and traffic improvements.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said Wednesday the two-year project, extending between Yonkers and Warburton avenues, will improve east/west access to the Yonkers waterfront.
“As the Yonkers waterfront district continues to thrive, we are also turning our attention to how you get there,” said Spano. “One of the longstanding obstacles to both bus and private vehicle movement in Yonkers is Ashburton Avenue, which is one of the two east/west corridors that provide access to the downtown. Today, we start the process in creating a more efficient traffic flow to our beautiful waterfront and the revitalization taking place there.”
The Ashburton Avenue improvements will include new traffic signals at nine intersections with computerized timing systems that will synchronize traffic lights; countdown pedestrian signals, and striped crosswalks.
Additional improvements include turning lanes; improved bus lanes; new pavement and striping; new curbs and sidewalks with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps; new street lights and additional on-street parking spaces.
The $15 million project is being funded through federal, State Highway and New York State Empire State Development Funds.
“The planned improvements to Ashburton Avenue will help provide access to the Hudson River waterfront, reclaiming a vital piece of Yonkers’ history and attracting visitors to the city,” said Meghan Taylor, Empire State Development Mid-Hudson regional director . “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, downtown areas across the State are being revitalized to spur job creation and economic growth.”
The construction along Ashburton Avenue will be managed by the City Engineering Department. ELQ Industries, Inc. is serving as the general contractor, with Lockwood, Kessler & Barlett, Inc. serving as design consultants, and Savin Engineers, P.C. as the project support engineers.
“We are very appreciative to our federal and state partners, including Governor Cuomo, for assisting us with this project,” added Spano. “They recognize that Yonkers’ economic development and residents’ quality of life will greatly improve as a result of their aid.”