The project is going to add one lane in both directions of Arthur Kill Road between Richmond Avenue and Clarke Avenue, a stretch of road known for its heavy traffic. The expansion will utilize the city-owned land of the former Brookfield Landfill, along the north side of Arthur Kill Road. Borough President James Oddo and Councilman Vincent Ignizio have been pushing for this project to get rolling for almost 10 years.
"This first time in my career that I believe this project is actually real and will happen," said Ignizio. "Decades ago, the population wasn't what it is today. Perhaps Arthur Kill Road was sufficient then, but with the overall growth of the area the full width of the road is now required. Folks cannot drive on this road on weekends without being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic."
Since these funds have only just been allocated, there is still much planning to be done within the city's Department of Design and Construction. It's too soon to say when construction will begin, but we're certainly glad to know it's in the works.