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Officials May Look to Remedy Traffic in Chappaqua

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Completion of the Route 120 bridge may have remedied one traffic flow issue in Chappaqua. Yet some residents believe there are still improvements to be made along South Greeley Avenue.

At last Thursday's meeting, several Millwood Task Force members said traffic has become an issue on the road around 2:30 p.m. when parents are picking up students from Robert E. Bell Middle School. Members said many parents park in the merchant parking lot on South Greeley Avenue, causing traffic to build.

The members said the traffic is especially an issue when a train is coming in at the same time. He suggested the town look into adding another point of entry to the parking lot near Senter Street. Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter said the school disctrict owns Senter Street and adding an egress would not be a town decision.

Along with school pick-ups distrupting traffic flow, task force member Jordan Schiffman said city commuters coming home from work during rush hour also causes a lot of back-up at the South Greeley Avenue intersection.

“You have that one bottle there,” said Schiffman. “You can sit in the station forever. It backs up all the way to the library and it backs up the parking lot there.”

Schiffman suggested reversing traffic down Allen Place through lower King Street during rush hour to give commuters another exit from the train station. It is currently a one direction road.

Carpenter said the idea might be feasible, as many merchants on lower King Street have already closed during those hours.

“I think most of the other stores close before the traffic gets really bad, so it might work,” said Carpenter. “It’s an idea.”

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