(Driving in Armonk at 5 mph through a Nor’easter on Nov. 7, 2012. Photo credit: Ed Forbes, The Journal News/LoHud.com)
Athena aggravated last night’s commute, to say the least.
Members of our staff, who live across the metro area, all reported challenges during their travels from our new headquarters at 1133 Westchester Ave. in White Plains and from our offices in West Nyack and Mount Kisco.
I set out for my home in Mount Kisco from White Plains at 5:45 p.m. last night. Rye-bound Westchester Avenue, the thoroughfare that parallels the Cross Westchester Expressway, was jammed with commuters trying to reach the Hutchinson River Parkway, interstates 684 and 95 and Connecticut’s Merritt Parkway. I opted for Route 120, a surface road that runs north from the Sound Shore through Westchester County.
My plan, while excruciatingly slow, worked for a time. I crawled north through Purchase and I passed the Westchester County airport. Signals were still disabled because of Sandy and County Police were omnipresent. In North Castle, where Route 120 runs with Route 22 for a brief distance, I thought I had it made.
At Nanny Hagen Road in Mount Pleasant, traffic stopped. I turned around, took Route 22 north to Armonk and opted for Route 128. At 7:45, I reached the Mount Kisco village/town limits. By 8 p.m., I was home.
Alex Weisler, one of our reporters who covers northern Westchester from our Mount Kisco office, joined us for dinner and stayed overnight. He lives in New City and, because the Saw Mill River Parkway was closed, sat for three hours on Route 117 in New Castle before turning around.
Other colleagues and friends reported similar nightmares.
Mike Meaney, our morning digital editor, reports a smooth commute this morning. Here’s to hoping. Safe travels, all.
What was your commute like last night? Leave your stories below.