The Westchester County Board of Legislators, this week, approved a Bond Act in the amount of $2.8 million for the rehabilitation of East and West Main St. in Peekskill from Rte. 9 to Conklin Avenue. The funding covers the costs of design, construction and construction management. The specific work to be done will be a complete overhaul of the roadway including milling and replacing the existing road surface and the installation of reflective devices and pavement markings for improved visibility.
The improvement project will cover a total distance of 2.14 miles. Main St. is the only corridor heading East from Rt. 9 making it a very important and heavily travelled thoroughfare. The project picks up from the recently completed NY State Project Rt. 9/Main Street Bridge that was initiated when Testa was Mayor of Peekskill. This portion of Main St. carries a daily average of almost 10,000 vehicles. Almost a third of those vehicles are commercial trucks supplying and picking up goods at local businesses.
Legislator John Testa was the driving force and proponent of this plan amongst his colleagues on the Board of Legislators. The legislation was debated and held in committee for more than a year before finally being passed by a unanimous vote at the October 3rd Board of Legislators meeting.
Legislator Testa said, “I’d like to thank my colleagues on the Board of Legislators for their unanimous support of this very important funding package. While it has been a long and sometimes frustrating effort in the end we are delivering a complete and appropriately funded plan.”
Legislator Testa went on to say, “These are tough economic times and I am committed to preserving taxpayers dollars at every opportunity. We also need to keep people safe and commerce growing and this was an imperative infrastructure project. This work will ensure that Main St., which is a key artery for Northern Westchester, will remain a safe and efficient route serving the residents and businesses of Peekskill and all of Northern Westchester well into the future.”
This project follows infrastructure projects for county owned parks in District 1. In December of 2010 Testa was able to secure funding for major road and parking upgrades to both the Blue Mountain Park and George’s Island Park. Work for both of these projects was completed this summer.
Legislator Testa is presently working to move additional infrastructure projects through the Board of Legislators for the repaving of Crompond Rd. (Rt. 202) and North Division Street. Both are county owned roads.
“Along with my fundamental pledge to reform county government and reduce taxes I also pledged to bring improvements throughout District 1. The county owned infrastructure in our area has been badly neglected for far too long. It is not only a safety concern for those who traverse the roads, especially first responders, but it is also a quality of life issue for residents,” said Testa.