Saw Mill River Parkway

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Saw Mill River Parkway
Map of Westchester County in southeastern New York with Saw Mill River Parkway highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 29.83 mi[1] (48.01 km)
Existed: 1954 – present
Major junctions
South end: Henry Hudson Pkwy. at the New York City line in Yonkers
  Cross County Pkwy. in Yonkers
I-87 / Thruway in Greenburgh
I-287 in Elmsford
NY 9A in Hawthorne, NY
Sprain Brook Pkwy. / Taconic Pkwy. in Hawthorne
North end: I-684 in Bedford
Location
Counties: Westchester
Highway system

The Saw Mill River Parkway (also known as the Saw Mill Parkway or the Saw Mill) is a north–south parkway that extends for 28.93 miles (46.56 km) through Westchester County, New York, in the United States. It begins at the border between Westchester County and the Bronx, as the continuation of the Henry Hudson Parkway leaving New York City, and heads generally northeastward to an interchange with Interstate 684 (I-684) and New York State Route 35 (NY 35). At its north end, the parkway serves as a collector/distributor road for both highways as it passes east of the hamlet of Katonah. The parkway is named for the Saw Mill River, which the highway parallels for most of its length.

The Saw Mill serves as an important connection from the Taconic State and Sprain Brook parkways to the Tappan Zee Bridge and New York State Thruway. It is not a limited-access highway as several of its exits are signalized at-grade intersections. However, most of the road has a high speed limit in spite of this fact.[citation needed] The Saw Mill River Parkway is inventoried by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) as New York State Route 987D (NY 987D), an unsigned reference route designation.

Route description[edit]

Yonkers to Elmsford[edit]

The Saw Mill River Parkway begins at the BronxWestchester line in Van Cortlandt Park as a continuation of the Henry Hudson Parkway. The Saw Mill River winds northward and parallels a former railroad grade into Yonkers. Now in the Southeast Yonkers section, southbound there is a ramp to McLean Boulevard. Passing Tibbetts Lake, the Saw Mill River winds northward alongside the railroad grade as a four-lane roadway as it enters exit 4, which serves as the western terminus of the Cross County Parkway. Immediately after the Cross County, exit 5 forks off on a 180-degree turn for Yonkers Avenue and nearby Dunwoodie Golf Course. The parkway becomes at-grade after exit 5, entering exit 5A, which services Palmer Road in Northwest Yonkers.[2]

Winding northward through Yonkers, the Saw Mill River Parkway enters exit 7, a ramp to NY 9A and Tuckahoe Road via Rossiter Avenue. After exit 7, the parkway begins paralleling the namesake river and NY 9A, now known as Saw Mill River Road, near the Runyon Heights neighborhood. The railroad grade returns near Odell Avenue overpass on the northbound side. Upon entering exit 9, the parkway enters a series of signaled at-grade interchanges. The first is exit 9, which serves Executive Boulevard in Yonkers. This is followed by Hearst Street at exit 10 and Tompkins Avenue at exit 11. Just north of exit 11, the Saw Mill River Parkway crosses the city line and enters the town of Hastings-on-Hudson. In Hastings-on-Hudson, the Saw Mill River enters exit 12, an at-grade interchange with the terminus of the Farragut Parkway.[2]

The Ashford Avenue interchange (exit 17) in Dobbs Ferry

The next exit, designated exit 13, is a non-traffic light intersection with Farragut Avenue on both sides of the highway. The four-lane parkway winds north through Hastings-on-Hudson, passing through several suburban sections of town. Keeping in close contact with NY 9A, the Saw Mill River and the railroad grade, exit 14 splits off southbound at Clarence Avenue. Exit 15 also forks off southbound at an intersection with Cliff Street before the Saw Mill River Parkway crosses into Dobbs Ferry. Upon entering Dobbs Ferry, the parkway enters an intersection with Lawrence Street (exit 16) and creeping closer to the New York State Thruway (I-87). In Dobbs Ferry, the parkway enters exit 17, the first full interchange since Tuckahoe Road, connecting to Ashford Avenue and NY 9A.[2]

Continuing northbound through Dobbs Ferry, the southbound parkway enters an intersection with Cyrus Field Road before crossing into Irvington. Through Irvington, the Saw Mill River Parkway parallels the Thruway and the river before turning northeast and crossing into Greenburgh and exit 20. Exit 20 serves the New York State Thruway northbound via a flyover ramp. After exit 20, the Saw Mill River Parkway proceeds northeast on a parallel of NY 9A. Continuing alongside the namesake river, the parkway leaves Greenburgh for Elmsford, entering exit 21E and exit 21W, which services NY 119 (Main Street) via separate ramps. After a dart to the northwest, the Saw Mill River Parkway crosses under the Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287). While there is no ramp northbound, exit 22 forks southbound to the westbound Cross Westchester.[2]

Greenburgh to Katonah[edit]

Crossing back into Greenburgh, the Saw Mill River Parkway continues northwest away from the Saw Mill River. After turning northbound, the parkway enters the Eastview section of Greenburgh, reaching exit 23, which serves Saw Mill Road and Neperan Road. Exit 23 is the only interchange in Greenburgh as the parkway proceeds into the town of Mount Pleasant. In Mount Pleasant, the parkway enters exit 25 northbound, a small ramp to NY 9A (Saw Mill River Road). Crossing over the Saw Mill River once again, the parkway winds northeast into exit 26 near an overpass of NY 9A and NY 100 (Saw Mill River Road). Exit 26, just to the east of NY 9A/NY 100, services the Taconic State Parkway, Bronx River Parkway and Sprain Brook Parkway in the center of Graham Hills County Park via several flyover ramps. Just to the southeast of the interchange is the Hawthorne Metro-North Railroad station.[2]

The Saw Mill River Parkway approaching exit 30, Grant Street, in Pleasantville

The Saw Mill River Parkway crosses northeast through Graham Hills County Park, paralleling the Harlem Line and NY 141 through Mount Pleasant. The parkway passes west of the former Thornwood station before turning northwest and away from NY 141. Just after the turn, exit 27 comes at-grade, a junction with Marble Avenue, which connects to NY 141. The parkway runs along a short westbound stretch, crossing into the village of Pleasantville. Going northward in Pleasantville, exit 28 forks off northbound only to Bedford Road, which connects to downtown Pleasantville. Proceeding southbound, exit 29 accesses NY 117 (Pleasantville Road). The parkway turns northeast and enters exit 30 for Grant Street near the Pleasantville Metro-North station.[2]

The Saw Mill River Parkway and the Harlem Line parallel once again in the northern reaches of Pleasantville, paralleling the Saw Mill River into the town of New Castle. Now in the hamlet of Chappaqua, exit 32 southbound accesses NY 120 at Mill River Road. Nearby this junction is the Chappaqua Metro-North station. After crossing under NY 120, the northbound exit 32 connects to Hunts Place, which connects to NY 120. Running along a hillside in New Castle, the parkway becomes a divided highway for a short distance, becoming a two-lane roadway northbound. No interchange is present along this stretch and the lanes come back together just south of exit 33, an at-grade intersection with Readers Digest Road. At this interchange, the parkway has access to the former Global Headquarters of Reader's Digest and nearby NY 117.[2]

From lower left to top center, the Saw Mill River Parkway skirts the west edge of Mount Kisco before joining Interstate 684 near Katonah. (Aerial view, 2013)

The parkway continues northeast through the town of New Castle, passing northwest of the Mount Kisco Country Club before entering the village of Mount Kisco. Just southwest of the Mount Kisco Metro-North station, the parkway and railroad fork in different directions, with the parkway turning north into exit 34, an at-grade interchange with NY 133 (West Main Street). In the northern reaches of Mount Kisco, exit 36 services Croton Avenue from the southbound lanes. Just to the north, the Saw Mill River Parkway enters exit 37, a junction with Kisco Avenue and nearby Pines Bridge Road (unsigned County Route 1323). Now in the town of Bedford, the parkway enters exit 38, two separate at-grade intersections for Green Lane. Green Lane is also the last at-grade intersection on the Saw Mill River Parkway northbound.[2]

Crossing south of Bedford Hills Memorial Park, the Saw Mill River Parkway enters the hamlet of Bedford Hills. In Bedford Hills, the parkway enters exit 39, which connects to the hamlet and NY 117 (Bedford Road). Also present at this interchange is the Bedford Hills Metro-North station. The parkway divides once again through Bedford Hills, paralleling NY 117 through the community. The parkway then enters exit 42, an interchange for NY 117 and Railroad Avenue. At Harris Road, NY 117 crosses over the parkway, paralleling the northbound lanes of the Saw Mill River Parkway on a nearby bypass. NY 117 soon merges into the Saw Mill River Parkway (exit 43 southbound) before the Saw Mill River Parkway enters the right-of-way for Interstate 684, where the parkway terminates just east of Katonah.[2]

History[edit]

The Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers looking south from the Yonkers Avenue Bridge

The Saw Mill Parkway started construction in 1926. By 1930, it had reached Route 119 in Elmsford. Construction had only reached Chappaqua by 1940 when World War II halted any further progress. The Saw Mill Parkway was constructed along the Saw Mill River along with a sewer which was to both drain sewage from Yonkers and act as flood control for points north.[3] The full length of the parkway was opened in 1955.

The Parkway once fed into the accident-prone Hawthorne Circle, a former roundabout at the intersection of the Taconic Parkway extension from the Bronx River Parkway, Taconic State, and Saw Mill River parkways. In 1972 the circle was rebuilt as a three-level interchange.

NYSDOT has maintained the Saw Mill River Parkway since 1980, after abolition of the East Hudson Parkway Authority. Under NYSDOT, the 25¢ toll between exits 3 and 4, which was originally implemented by Westchester County in 1936,[3] was removed on October 31, 1994, with the last tour just before midnight. The tolls were demolished on the Saw Mill River and Hutchinson River parkways in November 1994.[4]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Westchester County.

Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Yonkers 0.00 0.00 Henry Hudson Pkwy. south Continuation into the Bronx
3 McLean Avenue – Yonkers Southbound exit and entrance
1.73 2.78 4 Cross County Pkwy. east to Hutchinson River Pkwy. – Whitestone Bridge Exit 2 on the Cross County Parkway
4A Rumsey Road No northbound exit
5 Yonkers Avenue – Yonkers No southbound exit to Yonkers Avenue eastbound
2.60 4.18 5A Palmer Road – Yonkers
6 Lockwood Avenue Southbound exit and entrance
7 Tuckahoe Road – Yonkers Northbound exit and entrance; southbound entrance from Nepperhan Avenue
4.45 7.16 9 Executive Boulevard At-grade intersection except for northbound exit
10 Hearst Street At-grade intersection
11 Tompkins Avenue At-grade intersection
Hastings-on-Hudson 12 Farragut Parkway At-grade intersection
13 Farragut Avenue At-grade intersection; median closed
14 Clarence Avenue Southbound at-grade intersection
15 Cliff Street Southbound at-grade intersection
Dobbs Ferry 16 Lawrence Street At-grade intersection
17 Ashford Avenue – Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley
Cyrus Field Road Southbound at-grade intersection
Greenburgh 20 I-87 north / Tappan Zee Bridge Exit 7A (I-87); Northbound exit and entrance; southbound entrance from I-87 south
Mountain Road Southbound at-grade intersection
Elmsford 21 NY 119 – Elmsford, Tarrytown Signed as 21E (east) and 21W (west) northbound; access to NY 119 west southbound
22 I-287 west to I-87 / Thruway Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Greenburgh 13.10 21.08 23 Saw Mill River Road – Eastview
Mount Pleasant 14.17 22.80 25 NY 9A to NY 100 – Hawthorne Northbound exit and entrance
15.71 25.28 26 Taconic Pkwy. north – Albany Hamlet of Hawthorne; northbound exit and southbound entrance
15.71 25.28 26 Sprain Brook Pkwy. south to Bronx River Pkwy. – New York City Hamlet of Hawthorne; southbound exit and northbound entrance
27 Marble Avenue – Thornwood Hamlet of Thornwood; at-grade intersection
Pleasantville 18.04 29.03 28 Bedford Road – Pleasantville Northbound exit only
29 NY 117 (Manville Road) – Pleasantville Southbound exit and entrance
30 Grant Street At-grade intersection; no southbound turns or northbound left turn
New Castle 20.40 32.83 32 NY 120 – Chappaqua Hamlet of Chappaqua
33 Readers Digest Road / Roaring Brook Road At-grade intersection
Mount Kisco 24.42 39.30 34 NY 133 – Mount Kisco
36 Croton Avenue Southbound exit and entrance
37 Kisco Avenue
Town of Bedford 38 Green Lane Northbound exit and entrance; southbound at-grade intersection
27.30 43.94 39 NY 117 – Bedford Hills Hamlet of Bedford Hills; signed as 39S (south) and 39N (north) southbound
42 NY 117 / Harris Road – Katonah NY 117 not signed northbound
43 NY 117 Southbound exit and northbound entrance
29.83 48.01 I-684 Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2007 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. July 25, 2008. Retrieved May 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Microsoft. "overview map of the Saw Mill River Parkway". Bing Maps (Map). Cartography by Nokia. http://binged.it/QvBu4y. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Anderson, Steve. "Saw Mill River Parkway". NYCRoads. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tolls Abolished and Smiley Face Exits the Saw Mill Parkway". The New York Times. November 13, 1994. p. WC2. 

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