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Regional Plan Association opposes widening of Route 17 in Orange and Sullivan counties

Regional Plan Association opposes widening of Route 17 in Orange and Sullivan counties

Fresh York A report opposing the widening of Route 17 from two to three lanes in each direction from the Central Valley to the Monticello area was recently released by the Regional Plan Association.

According to the regional study group, studies show that enlarging highways does not always provide a solution for traffic jams and other transportation issues.

Director of research strategy at RPA Rachel Weinberger noted that expanding frequently makes the issues they are trying to solve worse.

In cases like that, widening the highway tends to cause people who might have traveled a little bit earlier or later to travel at the same time when it is most congested. This results in the same level of congestion rather than distributing the demand throughout the day, as is currently the case with everyone converging, so you still have bumper to bumper traffic, the speaker said.

The widening plan’s proponents claim it will reduce traffic, but Weinberger counters that there aren’t many periods of time during the week when traffic is heavy.


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