YONKERS, N.Y. – Walking down Kimball Avenue may soon be a little safer.
Sarah Lawrence College and the city of Yonkers announced Tuesday they have teamed up to build a pair of sidewalks along the street.
The walkways, which may be complete in as soon as two weeks, will run along both sides of Kimball Avenue, giving students and residents safer access to the college and area shops.
“For many years, due to the lack of a designated walkway, residents and students put themselves in danger walking in the street or road shoulders,” Mayor Mike Spano said in a statement. “Thankfully, with the assistance of our friends at Sarah Lawrence, we can improve the quality of life for our students and residents, providing greater access to area roads in a safer and more convenient manner.”
Construction started Tuesday on the pathways that will run from Glen Washington Road to Midland Avenue on the west side of Kimball and from Glen Washington to Ledgewood on the east side.
When completed, the sidewalks will allow walking access from the college to retail stores at Midland and Kimball Avenues as well as the Metro North station at Fleetwood, officials said.
The city will share the cost of the $120,000 sidewalks with the college, and, when completed, Sarah Lawrence will assume maintenance and snow-clearing responsibilities, city officials said.
“We are delighted to be partnering with the city of Yonkers on this important project,” said Sarah Lawrence College President Karen Lawrence. “We welcome this opportunity to improve the Kimball Avenue street scape, adding greater safety and visibility for pedestrians on Kimball Avenue, which runs through the campus.”