We are committed to Railroad Crossing safety. Safety is not a Republican or Democrat Issue. Railroad safety is a New Castle issue.
In the wake of the February 3, 2015 Valhalla train crash, we immediately requested safety improvements at the railroad crossing at Roaring Brook Road. Within two weeks of the accident, we began asking for an overpass to be built at their grade crossing. Town Supervisor Robert Greenstein, who has strongly advocated for a bridge since the fatal grade crossing accident at Valhalla’s Commerce Street in February 2015, said a span would do more than reduce or eliminate congestion. We’re also eliminating two extremely dangerous conditions,” Greenstein said. “One is a grade crossing, two is a traffic light on a highway.”
Click here to read: New Castle Asks for Overpass at Roaring Brook Grade Crossing – February 12, 2015
Click here to read: Lowey, Maloney Press for Rail Safety Legislation in Chappaqua – March 3, 2015
Safety must be a priority of the elected officials.
- Lobbying State officials to put a bridge at Roaring Brook Road back on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) list. Click image of Journal News to read article
- WSP prepared preliminary layout and circulation designs for a bridge and analyzed feasibility, public safety, environmental benefits and traffic issues.
- Working on obtaining funding from the Federal Transportation Authority, Metro North, Federal Highway Administration Money and NYS DOT.
- Coordinated efforts with MTA and NYDOT to mill and repave Roaring Brook Road, improved pavement markings, additional signage and new lighting.Both sides of Metro-North tracks on Roaring Brook Road were milled and repaved.
- Requested and secured additional safety improvements at Roaring Brook Road which include new lights, signage and additional pavement markings. A closed-circuit TV was also installed.
- Launched a “Red Flashing Lights” Public Safety Education campaign
- Collaborated with New Castle Police and MTA Police to increase the enforcement of railroad crossing laws.
- Encouraged Senator Murphy to introduce legislation to allow traffic cameras at railroad crossings. Traffic camera legislation passed the NYS Senate with a 63-0 unanimous vote!! It did not have support in the Assembly.
We will continue to work tirelessly to secure federal funding for the construction of a bridge over the grade crossing on Roaring Brook Road and Saw Mill River Parkway.