New Castle supervisor wants to replace railroad crossing with bridge

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New Castle’s supervisor says he wants to get rid of what is being called a problematic railroad crossing and replace it with a bridge to ease traffic congestion in the area.

New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein says drivers face too many problems passing through the Roaring Brook Road Rail Crossing. He says conditions will only get worse once the neighboring Chappaqua Crossing retail and residential building opens.

Greenstein wants to alleviate the conditions by eliminating the crossing and building a bridge to carry traffic over the Metro-North tracks and the Saw Mill River Parkway. He says the MTA and the Department of Transportation need to support the effort.

“There's federal funding for infrastructure, it's just a question of who gets it,” he says.

The plan would have the town build the bridge in a field separate from the current crossing. The only problem is acquiring the nearly $40 million in federal funding.

“We have plans, drawings, the land … makes sense from engineering and traffic, and we are trying to get on the State and Transportation Improvement Program List,” says Greenstein.

Once New Castle gets on the program list, it's on a direct path to receive funds.

Westchester County has seen four accidents at railroad crossings in the last decade. That includes the Valhalla crash that killed six people. Greenstein says leaders in Albany should see the importance of keeping people safe.

A spokesperson from the Department of Transportation says New Castle has already submitted an informal request to move forward with the project to the DOT, but the town still needs federal funds.

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