ARDSLEY, N.Y. -- Ardsley Mayor Peter Porcino, Traffic Chairman Frank Doherty, and Village Manager George Calvi participated in the Ashford Avenue Bridge shareholders meeting with local, state and county offcials late last month and reported the status for the ongoing rehabilitation of the busy bridge over the net 30 months.
The Ardsley Bridge in a well-traveled connection from Dobbs Ferry into Ardsley that is used by motorists traveling east and west across the southern Westchester communities. It opens onto the north-south intersection at Ashford Ave. and Route 9A, another busy arterial that is already slowed especially during rush hours.
The report outlines a projected timeline with 58 milestones including those goal dates that represent the bid submission date of December 15, 2014, the construction start date of March 1, 2015, and the November 30, 2017 construction completion date.
"The county is projecting a 30-month construction period," the Village report said. "The plans are 99 percent complete, and now have to be submitted to the federal government, specifically FHWA, for approval. In the meantime, the county is finalizing the acquisition of temporary easements for construction and staging purposes around the bridge."
The Ardsley Bridge is an overpass and exit and entry ramp to the Saw Mill River Parkway. And exit and entry to the New York State Thruway can be accessed less than a quarter of a mile from the bridge adding to the traffic.
Porcino, Calvi and County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky emphasized the importance of having a presentation by a County spokesperson at Village Hall once the bids have been awarded.
"Be aware though this will not be a hearing for the public to make suggestions," Calvi said. "That ship has long sailed. Rather it will be an opportunity for the County to prepare our local residents as to what to expect during the construction period."
The report explained that there will be noise, increased traffic and delays during the work periods.
"There is also the specter of the possibility of other major construction projects going on at the same time, namely the construction of the 22 units at the former Waterwheel site, the widening of Route 9A from Ashford Avenue to Center Street, and the construction of the new shopping center, hotel, and Cineplex at Rivertowns Square," Calvi wrote in his report.
Motorist may consider using alternate roadways during construction delays. Route 9 (Broadway) runs north and south through the Rivertowns from Yonkers to Tarrytown where motorists can access Route 119 east and west or use I-287 east and west. Others may use Jackson Ave. from Hastings-on-Hudson east and west to Central Ave. in Yonkers where they ca access the Sprain Parkway north south. Those alternates are often backed up also during rush hours.
Porcino, Calvi and other officials will continue to participate in the stakeholder meetings and continue to share updates with the community.