Congestion surrounding St. Barnabas School continues despite 5-part plan put in place

In October, the city unveiled its plan led by the Yonkers Police Department. It was designed to help control the flow of traffic around the area, including Mclean Avenue.

News 12 Staff

Dec 10, 2021, 12:51 PM

Updated 951 days ago

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It has only been two months since the city of Yonkers implemented its five-part plan to ease the congestion around St. Barnabas Elementary School. However, residents living in the area say traffic is worse than ever.  
Neighbor John Sosa says the traffic can get crazy. 
"It’s a three-way light. It comes from different directions,” says Sosa. "They have a crossing guard and everything, but still drivers are crazy.” 
In October, the city unveiled its plan led by the Yonkers Police Department. It was designed to help control the flow of traffic around the area, including Mclean Avenue.   
News 12 is told the reason for the congestion is higher enrollment at the school, new COVID-19 arrival/dismissal protocols and heavier traffic volume with school buses and illegal parking.  
The five-part plan was to include retimed traffic lights to help with smoother traffic flow, additional school crossing guards for safer pedestrian crossing, coordination between Yonkers police, crossing guards and the school administration to speed up arrival/dismissals for students on the bus, police officers patrolling the area near St. Barnabas during drop-off and pickup, and recommending a school bus stop near Mclean and Sedgewick to Harrison Avenue to help relieve the blocked traffic.  


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