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.