Have You Noticed New Light Poles in the Village?

Intersection of Pondfield Road & Midland Avenue. Photo by A. Warner

By Staff

March 29, 2023: Have you noticed the new light poles at Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road and Pondfield Road & Gramatan Avenue?

These new poles are part of the village of Bronxville "complete streets" initiative, which has been undertaken by the Village Trustees to help make Bronxville more "walkable."

According to Bronxville Village Administrator, Jim Palmer, there was a study done that determined that the former signals, which were on poles at the side of the street, were "non-conforming" and any upgrades would need to be compliant with current New York State Department of Transportation and Federal standards."

Traffic signals will of course be added to the new poles at the Midland Avenue and Pondfield Road intersection.  New sidewalk “bumpouts” have also been added to reduce the length of the crosswalks.  

The intersection of Pondfield Road & Gramatan Avenue also has new poles that will receive new traffic and pedestrian signalization.

Intersection of Pondfield Road & Gramatan Avenue. Photo by A. Warner

In addition to the new lighting setup, these intersections will also have "Walk/Don't Walk" signs to make pedestrian crossing safer.

The traffic signals at the intersection of Sagamore Road and Avon Road will also be updated.

The total cost of the new poles is $1.2 million plus engineering expenses.  It is being funded by Village debt service, American Rescue Plan Act ("ARPA") money and an insurance reimbursement from a hauling company whose driver damaged the signal and poles at Gramatan & Pondfield.

Other additional improvements will include new sidewalks, curbing, handicap ramps, lighting and striping.








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While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

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