2019 Street Paving

The Village has completed most of the paving this year with the exception of 2nd Street due to utility work currently underway.  

Some streets were removed from the list due to anticipated utlity work, of course these streets will be paved after completion o fthe utility work.  These streets include Lawn Terrace, Hillside Avenue and Library Lane.  

The Engineering Department receives many phone calls asking questions about the paving operation, below you can find some common questions and answers.  If you have a question about paving and don’t see the answer below, please call 914-825-8120.

Common questions:

What streets are on the 2019 paving list?

A list of the streets that were anticipated to be paved in 2019 can be found by clicking here.  These streets are most likely to be paved but are not guaranteed. 

My street is getting paved, how to I get to my house during construction?

Most instances you will be able to carefully and slowly drive through the work area, just use extreme caution because the workers are hustling to get their work done. 

There will be times where they are working in an intersection or right in front of your driveway and you cannot get through.  Generally, the milling (milling is where they grind and remove the old asphalt) operation (milling is where they grind and remove the old asphalt) is a constantly moving operation so they're not in one place for more than a few minutes.  You can choose to find a safe and legal parking spot and walk to your destination or wait until the workers have moved on. 

While paving, your access will be more likely to be restricted to a greater extent.  While paving, a tacky substance is sprayed and then the road is paved with hot asphalt (about 320° F).  We restrict people from driving through the tack coat because, if driving fast, it can be kicked up onto the car’s paint.  It will certainly adhere to the tire and will leave black tire tread lines for some distance (including into your driveway).  Driving on the asphalt before it has had time to cool down can leave rutting which is difficult to repair.  We highly recommend parking your vehicle on a side street for that day.  Remember, this short-term inconvenience will leave you with long-term gains.

How is the current paving list created?

The current list was created mainly by recommendations from the VOM DPW, other VOM departments and Village residents who also called/emailed the Village Engineer to add their requests to a list to be evaluated.  Then quantities of asphalt work and concrete work were estimated, and a budget was created for each street on the list.  The budget was set by the Village Board of Trustees, which provided for nearly every street on the original list to be paved.  This is the process that has been followed for some time now but will be changed to follow modern methods of determining which streets will be paved.  Requests from Village departments, the general public and Village Engineer observations will be considered but the base list will be done differently going foward. 

How will the paving lists be created going forward?

The plan is to complete the current paving season and then have a pavement condition index (PCI) survey performed for the roads in the Village.  The PCI rates the roads on a scale from 0-100, the higher the score the better the road; a newly paved road should get a score of 100. 

Once the roads are scored, the beginning of a preliminary list is created using taking the worst scored roads into consideration for paving.  Then to additional lists are added: roads recommended for paving by the Department of Public Works and requests paving requests made by the public.  

Then the Village Engineer briefly reviews the preliminary list and uses their judgement to make adjusts to the list in terms of validation and sorting the order of priority.  Some factors that influence this process include:

Average daily traffic - heavier trafficked roads may be moved into a state of higher priority because they deteriorate faster and have the most impact to a larger number of users. If a traffic count is available (most times a count is not available) then this may also play a role in reprioritizing the paving schedule.

Logistics - an example of this would be where the Village would be paving a road that clearly needs to be paved (say a PCI score of 45) but a short dead end road off this road is not as bad and wouldn’t have made the list on its own, so it may be included because of its proximity.  In opposite is also true.  If a small road or section of road is poor condition and there is nothing else in the area to be paved, it may be carried over to another subsequent seasons paving list because mobilization of equipment for a few hours work would not make sense, logistically. 

Project coordination – this factor would be considered when the Village or a developer is planning to do work in the area and it may impact the road.  The road may then be carried over to another subsequent seasons paving list.  This factor is sometimes useful when coordinating with local utilities such as Consolidated Edison and Westchester Joint Waterworks who are looking to upgrade their infrastructure in the near future.

My Street is worse than what is being paved, can you pave my street?

We try to discourage changes to the current list as much as possible.  If these requests were commonly granted, the project would be met with delays and confusion.  We can certainly evaluate your road, please look at the “How is the paving list created?” question for further information.

What about Halstead Avenue?

Many drivers are experiencing a rough ride on small repetitious bumps, similar to a washboard, along Halstead Avenue between Jefferson Avenue Extension and the Village border with Town of Harrison.  This problem is not localized to just one or two areas but occurs on and off through its 4,000 foot length, on both sides.  It is believed that the problem lies in the roads brick subbase.  Resurfacing the road would temporarily solve the problem for an estimated 2-3 years before defects begin to appear.  The road resurfacing would cost of over $300,000. 

Solutions that will be explored are:

spot resurfacing repairs-milling and paving the “washboard” areas and monitor the amount of time until the problem reoccurs and decide on what should be the next step.

complete road reconstruction- this would include removing the top 10-14” of asphalt, brick and possibly stone. Then compacting the soil and building the road in conformance with modern standards and compaction goals.  The road construction would also have an impact on curbs, curb ramps and some sidewalks.  Minor adjustments would probably need to be done to some manhole and utility structures.  An early estimate of this project stands at approximately $3,000,000.  This project would have a useful life of approximately 20 years before resurfacing would be considered.   If this option is chosen, the earliest it can be constructed is 2022.