The snafu in Briarcliff Manor when state DOT workers shut down Route 9A for maintenance work on Wednesday made us wonder:
The 287 project has been well publicized for years. Everyone knew or knew how to find out about what was happening and when.
But what about smaller projects such as the work on Route 9A? The state put an electronic sign at the north end of 9A for southbound commuters several days ahead of time, warning about delays.
But as Geoff Thompson points out, his commute to his Briarcliff office doesn't include 9A southbound. People coming over local roads were just surprised....and delayed. Thompson and his employees sent Patch of the intersection of 9A and North State Road—the proverbial "parking lot" when the road was closed and the crossroads of frustration even when one lane was reopened.
There are a couple of places to check: you can call 511 or visit 511ny.com, the state's traffic and travel information site, recommends Melissa Slater of the DOT. You can check out Hudson Valley Traveler. Slater also sends notices to media outlets like Patch, so stay tuned.
Forewarned is forearmed. Here's some of the disruptive construction work on local roads coming up this coming week:
Paving work on Rte 308 in Ramapo near Viola Road, overnight;
Daytime work on Rte 9W in Haverstraw and Stony Point;
And of course the ongoing work closing lanes on Rte 59 in Clarkstown.
Overnight work on Rte 120 in Chappaqua;
On routes 202/35 on the Peekskill/Yorktown border: overnight;
Route 120A in Rye at I-287, dayside;
Daytime work on Route 9 in Ossining at Rockledge Avenue;
Route 9D on the Cortlandt-Philipstown border, daytime work;
Daytime lane closures on Route 119 in White Plains July 25 between South Kensico Avenue and 287;
One lane blocked on Heatherdell Road in Ardsley July 27, dayside;
Alternating one direction on Route 138 in Lewisboro on July 26 between Old Bedford Road and 684;
Daytime work on the Post Road in White Plains between Lexington Avenue and Orawaupum Street until July 27;
Westchester Avenue in Harrison at 684: one lane blocked dayside, lane closures at night.
There's also a lot going on on I-87, I-287, I-684, the Saw Mill Parkway and the Taconic/Sprain. On the Bronx River Parkway at Leewood in Eastchester, the left lane both north- and southbound will be closed Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The source for all this is Hudson Valley Traveler's incident and congestion report page (jointly maintained by the New York state Department of Transportation and State Police) and Westchester County Department of Public Works/Traffic Division at (914) 995-2555.