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Poll: Should Speed Limit on Underhill Avenue be Raised?

Town board members will draft a local law to raise the speed limit from 30 to 40mph on Underhill Avenue in Yorktown.

Yorktown town board members will be drafting a local law to increase the speed limit on Underhill Avenue, from Route 118 to the Taconic State Parkway.

The current speed limit is 30 mph, which was lowered from 40 mph about 20 years ago when the town took control of the road from the county. Officials are now proposing to increase that limit back to 40 mph. 

Supervisor Michael Grace said he presented the possibility for changing the speed limit and wanted to see if there was a consensus among board members. The board would have to draft the law, advertise it and hold a public hearing before any changes to the speed limit are made. 

Councilman Dave Paganelli presented the board with statistics which were provided by the Yorktown Police Department. Underhill Avenue, a major road, is approximately 2 miles long and borders state-owned Routes 118 and 129.

According to statistics from the police department, the road was surveyed between Nov. 25, 2008 and Dec. 8, 2008. During that time an average of 17,685 vehicles traveled on the road per day. In addition, the average speed on the road was 48 mph, according to findings.

Take our poll below and tell us what you think in the comments section. 

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Marilyn January 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
30 is a ridiculous speed limit for Underhill Avenue. Another survey you could try: How many of you actually do the speed limit (30) on Underhill Avenue?
Harry January 13, 2012 at 05:35 AM
40 mph may be a reasonable speed for Underhill between 118 andthe Taconic. But, west of the Taconice the steep hill, poor sight lines, frequency of bicycle traffic, blind entrances from Baldwin Road and Echo Path, as well as the "T" intersection at the bottom of the hill all argue for restraint on change there. While they are at it, perhaps the Town Board should also consider returning the name from Underhill Avenue to Underhill Road. Flatbush, Tremont, Fifth...those are Avenues. This is a road.
Jonathan Nettelfield January 13, 2012 at 02:53 PM
If they raise the speed limit, then instead of an average speed (as reported above) of 48MPH, the average speed will rise to over 50MPH and this is just too fast for this road. With all the other things on their plates, why on earth are our elected officials wasting time drafting laws on marginal things like speed limits? And while I am at it, can someone please explain why on earth the town is spending money on putting traffic lights at the bottom of Underhill Avenue where it intersects with Rt. 129? There are no traffic issues here, and while there are safety issues (cars traveling too fast down the hill and overshooting the intersection) this is not something that will be solved by traffic lights. This just seems to be another example of the suburbanization of a rural area.
John Spinosa January 13, 2012 at 04:49 PM
40 MPH is reasonable. 30 is a speed trap especially going down hill before the Taconic. I'm sure the town board knows that and they also know it brings in money.
wghearn January 13, 2012 at 06:22 PM
If the speed limit is raised, I would like to see "School: Slow" signs posted by Soundview Preparatory School at the end of Underhill Avenue. Glyn Hearn Head Soundview Preparatory School
Francis T McVetty January 13, 2012 at 07:30 PM
wghearn, there are 15HPH signs on Broad street in front of the school. Do people obey that, NO. Some of the biggest offender's are the parents of children going to that school and the school buses. Either the speed restriction signs need to be bigger or warning strips need to be placed just before the signs to remind the drivers. Maybe both would work.
C Gajowski January 14, 2012 at 01:06 PM
40mph, enforced, is a good compromise. Folks who go faster now will still go the same speed, but even driving carefully it's difficult to maintain 30 MPH on the down hill sections. I was surprised by the new light going in at the 129 juncture myself - I'd really prefer a stoplight to replace the 129/118 flashing light -- now there's a scary left turn (from 118 to 118 eastbound) at a nearly blind intersection with a 55 mph (state) speed limit.
Francis T McVetty March 22, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Don't use you real name.

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