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Sleepy Hollow Considers Valley Street Speed Humps

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Resident complaints have Sleepy Hollow trustees mulling whether some type of speed deterrent, most likely speed humps, should be installed on Valley Street between College Avenue and the Tarrytown border of Wildey Street.

“I think it's a problem,” Mayor Ken Wray said about the speeding. “I'm concerned about the potential for a pedestrian accident.”

Trustees voiced their opinions about adding speed humps to Valley Street during Tuesday's village board meeting before deciding they would hold the discussion until getting input from the Sleepy Hollow Police Department.

Sleepy Hollow resident Donna Rocco first brought up concerns with the street's traffic and noise during a village board meeting two weeks ago. Rocco lives in an apartment complex on the street, which is one of three in that area.

Rocco said too many cars are speeding down busy roadway because the block itself is longer than usual. The extra street length and the fact that it's a one-way street mean cars can reach higher speeds before they have to stop at the red light or drive into Tarrytown, she said.

The village could take several approaches to the problem, if it wanted to install a permanent speed deterrent: speed humps, speed bumps and a traffic light. Speed humps are long and short, requiring cars to slow down. Speed bumps are short and tall with a stop sign, requiring cars to come to a full stop.

Wray said the most practical of the three solutions would be speed humps, since they would be placed in the middle of a block.

Trustee Bruce Campbell urged the board to consider adding speed humps as a last resort because “bumps and humps stop a natural flow of traffic.” Campbell said the village should first try increasing police presence on the street. He also wondered how fast the cars were really going.

“Unless you run the stop sign or the red light, there isn't any room to get up to speed there,” he said.

Trustee and Police Advisory Committee member Jennifer Lobato-Church explained that police have been increasing patrols. Lobato-Church said that while police could do things such as setting up a speed gauge, those were temporary fixes.

Trustees decided to hold off on the discussion until the next work session on June 19. Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio said a report from Chief Camp should be finished by the end of the week.

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