PIP will be Closed Southbound on August 11 for Cycling Event
New City, NY (August 6, 2012) – Rockland County Legislature Vice Chairman Alden H. Wolfe has stated his reservations to the NYS Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) concerning the cycling portion of the upcoming the Ironman U.S. Championship Triathlon Race, which will require the closure of the entire length of the southbound portion of the Palisades Interstate Parkway (PIP) from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11th.
In a letter to Melissa Slater, Assistant to the Regional Director of the NYS DOT Region 8 Office, Wolfe stated that closing one of the largest thoroughfares in Rockland will severely undermine the ability of residents and visitors to travel to and from Rockland for the duration of that weekend. “While I believe in the benefits of such events,” said Wolfe, “the planned closure of the PIP will cause incredible inconveniences to Rockland County residents and weekend visitors.”
Wolfe learned that the Ironman organization has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to the state in order to close the southbound lanes. “As this event impacts Rockland more than any other area in the state,” said Wolfe, “ I believe it is only equitable for a part of that revenue to be shared with taxpayers of Rockland County. I do not feel that Rockland taxpayers should have to bear the burden of this event, yet realize none of its benefits.”
Wolfe has asked that Ms. Slater contact him to collaborate on the matter.