Date: September 29, 2020
Contact: David Galin
ALBANY, NY – Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined local elected officials, city officials, and community representatives to cut the ribbon on the Woodlawn Avenue Traffic Calming project.
This project was advocated for by Councilmembers Anane and Doesschate, nearby residents, and community members to make it safer for our pedestrians along this busy corridor where residents congregate to utilize the baseball and softball fields, basketball courts, and Woodlawn Playground. Improvements include new sidewalks along Woodlawn Avenue adjacent to the basketball courts and Babe Ruth field, a new all-way stop at the intersection of Woodlawn and Partridge, as well as Woodlawn and Glenwood, and new added bump-outs at the intersections along this corridor – shortening the distance to cross the street, and creating a traffic calming mechanism that will naturally slow vehicles down.
Mayor Sheehan also announced that her 2021 proposed budget will include more than $6 million in funding to replace streets and sidewalks equitably across the City, with an equitable focus on historically underserved neighborhoods.
Mayor Sheehan’s 2021 proposed budget will be released in its entirety on Thursday, October 1.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “As a City that leads with equity, part of that commitment is ensuring pedestrian safety and walkability in all neighborhoods – especially near our parks and other recreation areas. Thank you to Councilmembers Anane and Doesschate, and the entire community, for advocating for these improvements, and to our Department of General Services and Traffic Engineering Division for making them a reality.”
10th Ward Common Councilmember Owusu Anane said, “For years, many residents of this neighborhood have asked for a sidewalk, whether it was to make sure their children had a safe way to walk to the park, or to make it easier for an older couple to take a stroll without competing with cars. Having this sidewalk was important for so many people for so many different reasons, and now that it’s completed, our neighborhood has an asset that residents will reap the benefits of for years to come.”
9th Ward Common Councilmember Judy Doesschate said, “Residents have expressed concerns about the lack of a sidewalk in this area and it being an unsafe drag strip literally for decades. Mayor Sheehan is the first mayor to listen and not only make these improvements a priority, but make them happen. Our entire neighborhood and the residents who visit and utilize these recreational facilities are that much safer because of this project. I thank the Mayor for her commitment to improving pedestrian safety throughout the city and all of the residents and elected officials who have advocated for these improvements and helped make them a reality.”
Albany County Legislator Beroro Efekoro said, “The safety of our residents is very important to me and I thank Mayor Sheehan for making this investment in our neighborhood.”
Pine Hills Neighborhood Association President John Clarkson said, “Traffic calming on Madison Avenue in Pine Hills has been a great success, for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and businesses. We’re happy to see this project completed and hope to see many more."
Andrew Neidhardt, President of Walkable Albany said, “Walkable Albany is excited to see Mayor Sheehan fulfilling her promise to focus on investing in our city's historically underserved neighborhoods. We are especially glad to see that the Mayor is focusing on pedestrian safety improvements in and around the park. Prior generations' focus on speeding up auto traffic has resulted in tragic injuries along Morton Avenue, like the six-year-old who was hit by a driver last September; we must commit as a city to making our streets safe for everyone.”
Lorenz M. Worden, President of the Albany Bicycle Coalition said, “We in the Albany Bicycle Coalition are pleased to see another traffic calming initiative in this busy residential area. While the design will require people on bicycles to block the travel lane when passing through, it appears, overall, to be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.”