Worst Traffic Areas Around Westchester, NY

May 19th, 2022 by

Bad traffic is enough to ruin anyone’s day. If you’re looking to drive around in your new Chrysler or Dodge vehicle with limited impediments, you may want to avoid the worst traffic areas around Westchester, New York. Here’s a list of places and times to avoid if you want a smooth, quick trip.

Taconic State Parkway

Taconic State Parkway, which some locals simply refer to as the TSP, stretches for 104 miles. To understand why it’s a road with such heavy traffic, you can first learn about its history. The concept for Taconic State Parkway was first introduced in 1895, and it opened in 1924. Its construction continued over the next several years as builders expanded it into Putnam County and Southern Dutchess County. Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt was responsible for the parkway’s expansion, as he wanted a scenic road that stretched through the Hudson Valley area.

While this road was a good idea when Westchester wasn’t as populous, it has since developed into a dangerous situation. Most of Taconic State Parkway is only two lanes across, which means that it has trouble accommodating lots of cars during busy times. One report found that from early 2011 until mid-2014, more than 2,000 car accidents had occurred on the parkway. Most of these accidents occurred in Putnam County and Westchester County.

Taconic State Parkway is particularly crowded on the southern stretches. In the morning, many drivers head to their jobs in New York City. This flow of vehicles creates heavy congestion. Conditions like snow, rain, and fog create even more severe traffic, as drivers have difficulty navigating the narrow, winding road. Reckless driving on this road is common, and frustrated drivers may be to blame. In 2015, police officers handed out more than 54,000 tickets, and most of them were to drivers traveling along the stretches of Putnam County and Westchester County. Speeding tends to be the primary offense.

One of the most dangerous spots on the Taconic State Parkway used to be the Pudding Street intersection. Drivers traveling along Pudding Street had to cross the northbound and southbound lanes of Taconic State Highway to continue on their route. In 2020, a construction team added an overpass to make this area safer. Despite this slight improvement, it’s best to avoid Taconic State Highway whenever possible.

Amsterdam Avenue

Tenth Avenue, which locals refer to as Amsterdam Avenue, is a road with heavy traffic, especially as locals head into Manhattan in the morning. It’s a one-way road for a bit, as it carries cars heading north as far as West 110th Street. After that, it picks up as a two-way street. Amsterdam Avenue shares the nickname “Death Avenue” with its Eleventh Avenue counterpart, as it’s quite narrow and can’t adequately support the thousands of cars that pass through every morning and night.

In 2016, a construction team installed a protected bike lane to help cyclists travel safely. This lane stretches from 72nd Street to 110th Street and has made the stretch a little safer for cyclists. However, the lane was repurposed from a lane that once contained car traffic, and drivers have noticed a difference. Car traffic seems to inch even slower, so you’ll have to leave much earlier if you want to make it where you need to be on time.

Cars seem to constantly stop and go, as the red lights cause severe backups in the morning. Drivers have to be attentive or risk getting into rear-end collisions. They also have to be aware of other drivers unsafely turning in from adjacent roads out of frustration.

Avoiding Amsterdam Avenue is a great way to have some peace of mind during your morning commute or ride home from work. If you want further reassurance that you’re safe on the road, bring your vehicle to our dealership’s service center. We’ll complete a full inspection of your vehicle’s exterior and interior to ensure it’s working as it should be. If it needs any services or repairs, we’ll get to work so that you can get back on the road.

New York State Route 59

New York State Route 59 is a state highway that runs east and west. It only runs for a little over 14 miles, but New Yorkers recognize that it’s a slow-going road. One of the main reasons it gets so much traffic is because drivers use it to get to Palisades Center. Palisades Center is one of the largest shopping malls in both New York and the United States, so it draws a crowd. New York State Route 59 is a common way to get here, so you’ll likely hit a lot of traffic even if this isn’t your destination.

As far as accidents go, collisions are common at the exits and entrances of the NYS Thruway. These entry and exit points are poorly designed and have confusing signage, so these challenges further impede traffic.

U.S. Route 6 in New York

U.S. Route 6 spans over 400 miles from Pennsylvania to Ohio, and nearly 78 miles of it occurs in New York. There’s a mere mile stretch of this road along the Yorktown and Cortlandt border that gets particularly backed up between 7 and 9 a.m. Even though builders eventually expanded this road to include four lanes, it remains the source of heavy traffic.

This road is common for people traveling to different states, so you may be able to avoid it if you’re staying in New York. You might be able to hop onto NY 6N, which is an alternative route to U.S. Route 6 in New York. It travels through Westchester County and other areas and is often less congested.

The team at Bill Volz Westchester commits to helping our customers get around as safely as possible. If you’re looking for a new reliable vehicle, browse our inventory of new or certified pre-owned vehicles. You can also contact us to get in touch with someone on our team. All our staff members are knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to help you find the perfect vehicle you can use to get around Westchester.

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