Possibilities for Route 9

Here are some possible ways to reconfigure Route 9 to make Broadway safe for everybody.

You can propose your own possibilities! Clicking on the diagrams takes you to Streetmix, where you can tweak things to your heart's content. (Just leave the overall right of way widths as they are.) If you come up with something great, email us the link.

If you want to better understand what each location looks like, click on the relevant street view image.


Benedict Ave, north side

Not only is the intersection of South Broadway and Benedict Ave busy, it is overly wide and has turn signals in all three directions. The signal controller has fixed times for Broadway, leading to long wait times for people driving from Benedict Ave or walking across in any direction, even if no vehicles are present.

Installing splitter islands on Broadway and Benedict will keep people from speeding, allow elimination of signals, create a turn pocket and set up safe spaces to wait while walking across the street.

Existing dimensions of Route 9 on the north side of the intersection with Benedict Ave.

How a bus stop shelter can fit and calm traffic on Broadway a bit north of Benedict Ave.

It is possible to put a 15.25' median island / pedestrian refuge in the middle of Broadway on the north side of Benedict Ave.

Benedict Ave, south side

Existing dimensions of Route 9 on the south side of Benedict Ave.

We can have a 14.75' refuge island on Broadway just south of Benedict Ave.

Where a bus stop shelter can go on Broadway a bit south of Benedict Ave.

Benedict Ave, east side

Existing layout of Benedict Ave on the east side of Route 9.

How to improve traffic flow and safety on Benedict Ave at Broadway.

Present layout of Benedict Ave on the east side of Grove St.

Proposal for Benedict Ave on the east side of Grove St. Showing this for context about the decisions made on the east side of Broadway.

Independence St - Church St

Current cross section of Route 9 between Independence St and Church St.

Broadway has room to be a glorious, tree lined boulevard with wide sidewalks and a protected mobility lane. Above is one potential way to make that happen.


Irvington Gardens

Most of Broadway in Irvington is like this. Long straightaways with 4 motor vehicle lanes. Sidewalk only on one side of the street. No crosswalks or turn lanes.

Here's a "4 to 3 conversion" that New York's Department of Transportation commonly does. This street view is from Route 9 at the entrance of Lyndhurst. While it's nice to have turn lanes, everything is still straight and wide, which welcomes fast driving.

Existing widths of Route 9 just to the north of Irvington Gardens' driveway.

Proposal for how a southbound bus shelter and, better sidewalk and protected mobility lane can fit on Route 9 just north of Irvington Gardens.

Broadway's right of way is a smidgen wider south of Irvington Gardens' driveway. Existing dimensions are shown, above.

It is possible to put a median refuge / splitter island to create safe crossings and space for vehicles to turn in and out of Irvington Gardens' driveway. Room is also available for an eastern sidewalk and a two way protected mobility lane south of there. At this pinch point, the mobility lane is narrowed by two feet.

This concept shows a northbound bus shelter just south of Irvington Gardens, plus the aforementioned mobility lane, now with room for a proper width.

Between intersections, this proposal shows the driving lanes come together. This lateral shift helps keep people driving at safe speeds and makes space for a nicely sized sidewalk on the east side that is buffered from motor vehicles.

Aerial image of Route 9 around the Irvington Gardens driveway.

Here's how all of those cross section diagrams translate into a view from above. An area engineered to create safe spaces for all street users.

Clinton Ave

Broadway at Clinton Ave is a terrifying. The 2 foot 9 inch wide sidewalk is immediately adjacent to cars and trucks whizzing by.

Changing Broadway at Clinton Ave to two motor vehicle lanes, with a median island for people walking or turning, makes room for a barrier protected mobility lane and a sidewalk that meets ADA minimums.

Cindy Ln

Route 9 along the Nevis Lab property has similar shortcomings. This stretch of sidewalk is a giant ADA Fail caused by trees, utility poles and fire hydrants, forcing people walking and rolling right up against moving motor vehicles. The road bed is straight as a rifle, encouraging people to drive like bullets. Residents on the east side of the road have no sidewalks or crosswalks on Broadway.

Above is a diagram of the existing conditions on Route 9 at Cindy Ln.

This suggestion shows the two motor vehicle lanes coming together, creating space for a nicely sized sidewalk on the east side buffered from motor vehicles by a row of new trees. The western sidewalk is widened and shielded from traffic by a barrier protected mobility lane.

At the intersections, like Cindy Ln shown here, there can be splitter island refuges. As mentioned above, these shift the road bed laterally, making people drive more carefully and creating areas for people to walk safely across the street and for people turning into and out of the side streets.

Sleepy Hollow

Aside from he diagrams above, here is a report with detailed recommendations for how to make Broadway better in Sleepy Hollow.

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