Ann Gallelli: Village of Croton Honored with Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF) Award

Dear Neighborsann2016,

Last week, the Village of Croton was honored to receive a Planning Achievement Award from the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF).  The Elliott Way Elevated Walkway Project was the specific achievement being honored.

After the opening of Croton Landing Park in 2009, its popularity made access to it increasingly precarious.  Limited by a stretch of road only 15’ wide and bordered on each side by railroad tracks and the Hudson River, respectively, the road was filled with two-way traffic of vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.

Work on possible designs for an improved access began as early as 2015 and occurred over several administrations.  An elevated walkway design provided a unique solution. Work on the new walkway required permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the NYSDEC as well agreements with the MTA.  

The elevated walkway opened in 2018. It eliminated the prior unsafe conditions by using helical piles to cantilever a new roadway and a separate pedestrian walkway out over the Hudson River, thereby effectively widening the road and the usable space.

Separately, but also part of the work effort, was the installation of a new drainage culvert from the Brook Street drainage area which will help alleviate future flooding conditions.

Croton’s Hudson River waterfront is a notable asset of our Village.  This project’s award by WMPF is recognition of the success of Croton’s many waterfront improvements which provide unprecedented access to the Hudson River waterfront.

 

Ann Gallelli, Trustee

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