GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – After an initial rejection, the town of Lewisboro is once again applying for a federal grant that would pay for a project to help improve pedestrian traffic in the hamlet of Goldens Bridge.
The grant known as the Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program (TCSP) would provide funds to design and construct sidewalks, crosswalks and other modifications to the area around the intersection of Route 22 and Route 138 near the Goldens Bridge Shopping Center and Metro North train station. The project would improve pedestrian accessibility, mitigate existing hazardous conditions and promote non-motorized movement throughout the area.
“We filed for the grant this past summer and got turned down,” said Supervisor Charles Duffy. “A window to reapply for the grant opened and we wanted to turn [the application] around quickly. It’s the most shovel-ready project we have. We weren’t discouraged that we got turned down last time because not many got funded through that program.”
The project would provide safe passage for pedestrian access to and from the shopping center, train station and nearby population centers. The idea is to initiate an atmosphere that promotes “lingering,” which would encourage the patronization of local businesses. Less driving would also create a more environmentally friendly situation.
“Right now, you can’t push a shopping cart without having to cross traffic,” Duffy said. “You have to play Frogger to get to your car.”
The cost of the project is $645,000, of which $516,000 would come from TCSP funding. Town officials hope the remaining $129,000 would be provided through state grants.
“The state didn’t really consider the Goldens Bridge community when it built 684 and kind of split it in half and created some of these hazardous conditions,” Duffy said. “We are trying to get the state to help us out a bit.”
The project, which would take approximately 15 months to complete, would include a pedestrian refuge island, as well as a sidewalk from the intersection to the Metro North station stairway.
Duffy said he was unsure how long it will take until the town learns if the TCSP application is approved this time around.