Yonkers Mayor Spano Announces Major Infrastructure Improvements to Ashburton Avenue Corridor
YONKERS, NY – June 22, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City’s plans for major road and traffic improvements along the one mile stretch of Ashburton Avenue. The two-year project, extending between Yonkers and Warburton Avenues, will improve east/west access to the Yonkers waterfront.
“As the Yonkers waterfront district continues to thrive, we are also turning our attention to how you get there,” said Mayor Spano. “One of the longstanding obstacles to both bus and private vehicle movement in Yonkers is Ashburton Avenue, which is one of the two east/west corridors that provide access to the downtown. Today, we start the process in creating a more efficient traffic flow to our beautiful waterfront and the revitalization taking place there.”
The Ashburton Avenue improvements will include:
- New traffic signals at nine intersections with computerized timing systems that will synchronize traffic lights
- Countdown pedestrian signals and striped crosswalks
- Additional turning lanes
- Improved bus lanes
- New asphalt pavement and striping
- New curbs and sidewalks with Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A) compliant ramps
- New street lights
- Additional on-street parking spaces
- Improved drainage
The $15 million project is made possible through federal, State Highway and New York State Empire State Development Funds.
“The planned improvements to Ashburton Avenue will help provide access to the Hudson River waterfront, reclaiming a vital piece of Yonkers’ history and attracting visitors to the city,” said Empire State Development Mid-Hudson Regional Director Meghan Taylor. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, downtown areas across the State are being revitalized to spur job creation and economic growth.”
“We are very appreciative to our federal and state partners, including Governor Cuomo, for assisting us with this project,” added Mayor Spano. “They recognize that Yonkers’ economic development and residents’ quality of life will greatly improve as a result of their aid.”
The construction along Ashburton Avenue will be managed by the City Engineering Department. ELQ Industries, Inc. is serving as the general contractor, with Lockwood, Kessler & Barlett, Inc. serving as design consultants and Savin Engineers, P.C. as the project support engineers.