Kiryas Joel to Build Route 17 Shortcut to Bypass Traffic

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The village of Kiryas Joel has purchased a 22-acre land strip for $4.3 million in order to create a new road that will bypass traffic in neighboring Monroe.

The Ezras Choilim Health Center contributed to the purchase because it may use some of the land to build a new facility there, the Times Herald-Record reported.

The road Kiryas Joel officials are planning to build would run from Route 208 to to a bridge that crosses over Route 17  and into Kiryas Joel, bypassing the Village of Monroe and its busy streets.

They are also hoping to build a parking lot for 350 cars for people to park and then take a bus elsewhere.

Village of Monroe Mayor Neil Dwyer said the road, when built, would siphon traffic from his town, which sometimes sees 600 cars on a single street over an hour during the busiest times.

“It’s going to be very significant,” he said.

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