Burton Road is located in the Town of Mamaroneck, directly off of Palmer Avenue. It is one block from Richbell Road, a main connection between Palmer and Boston Post Road.
Burton Road is also a shortcut for many that wish to avoid the lights on Richbell Road to quickly get to Trader Joe’s or Boston Post Road.
Alhough Burton is a dead end road, traffic can pass through a steep “private driveway”, owned and maintained by Larchmont Acres Apartments. This leads into a private parking lot owned by Larchmont Acres . Traffic can further drive into Trader Joe’s parking lot or alternatively all the way out to Boston Post Road. The overwhelming majority of traffic entering Burton Road are doing so to drop off their children at a gated opening to the Central School , to shop at Trader Joe’s & to just avoid 2 lights if they were to take Richbell Road to Boston Post Road.
The volume of this traffic has only increased in the 10 years I have been a homeowner on this street. This is leading to more and more safety issues for our residents, and more importantly, for our children who either go to school at Central or want to play in their front yards. All day and night there are cars speeding down the road to get to Trader Joe’s and Boston Post Road. The privately owned driveway at the end of the road can only accommodate one vehicle at a time going up or down the hill. This driveway has no curbs, no barrier & no sidewalk. Although the parking lot at the bottom of the driveway is also privately owned, it is used by hundreds of vehicles per day to either drop off or pickup children from the Central School. There have been quite a few incidents/accidents on this unsafe driveway, and one parent even had her baby stroller hit by a passing vehicle. (Thankfully, the child was no longer in the carriage at the time.) Other homeowners and many residents of the area also have similar stories of past incidents and concerns with this issue.
I have had many communications with Stephen Altieri and Valerie O’Keefe about this issue, the Town Administrator and Town Supervisor. We have also attended several Traffic Committee meetings to address our concerns. We were told on multiple occasions that they could not compel the owners of the private property to do anything about the situation. We proposed they either close the private driveway with a barrier, or place a key carded gate for the private property and make it only accessible to residents of the Larchmont Acres. I was told they would speak to the Town Attorney once again and see if they could do anything about closing this dangerous driveway but have never heard back.
Last year, the Central School sent out a memo to all parents of children attending the school that they were closing the rear gate to the school. This alleviated some of the volume for awhile but the gate has since been re-opened sporadically. This does nothing to alleviate the volume of traffic and safety issues with children being all over the place in this parking lot as cars come from all different directions.
Through our efforts with the Township, the only change we are aware of is the plan to place a secondary “dead end” sign at the top of Burton Road. Unfortunately, this problem has existed for so long that it’s doubtful that this will force a change. Even members of the Traffic Committee have admitted to utilizing Burton Road as a cut through to Trader Joe’s and/or Boston Post Road.
I write blog updates on the situation at www.burtonroad.info