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Saw Mill River Parkway Bridge Replacement Is Planned

The Saw Mill River Parkway bridge, which towers over Kisco Avenue in Mount Kisco.
The Saw Mill River Parkway bridge, which towers over Kisco Avenue in Mount Kisco. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- A bridge that towers above Kisco Avenue and forms a key portion of the Saw Mill River Parkway is slated to be replaced.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT), announced that work on the replacement will begin next month and is expected to run until July 2017.

"The project will be a full bridge replacement, including demolition of the existing structure, with complete reconstruction of the new bridge and approach work to tie into the new structures," the DOT announcement states. "The objectives of the project are to provide significant improvements to the roadway, speed change lanes, drainage and guide rail."

The project will involve clearing nearby trees and installing a noise wall between the Pine Crest Manor housing complex and the parkway's southbound lanes, the DOT adds.

The bridge is immediately south of the parkway's Exit 37, which leads drivers to and from Kisco Avenue.

Anyone wishing to learn about the project can access the DOT's website - it is at dot.ny.gov/projects and the project number is 8BOW.0H - where a timeline of the work is available.

The work in Mount Kisco is part of a broader regional project, which involves replacing six bridges in Westchester and Orange counties. Other affected structures include a portion of the Saw Mill River Parkway in Pleasantville; a portion of Route 9 in Cortlandt that goes over Dickey Brook; an EHPA Department of Public Works Road that goes over the Hutchinson River in Eastchester and New Rochelle' and a stretch of Route 208 in Orange County.

The current construction cost for the total project is listed at $47.55 million on the DOT's website.

A public information session on the replacement project is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Mount Kisco Public Library.

The work is being paid for with $14 million in state funds, according to state Assemblyman David Buchwald's office, which put out its own press release announcing the project.

Buchwald takes credit for helping to secure the funds, which was done in 2013.

“Since my election to the State Assembly, I have worked to secure funding for critical infrastructure projects in the 93rd Assembly District. This initiative helps to create jobs and improve the quality of life for Westchester residents,”Buchwald said in a statement. “Procuring state funds for a new Saw Mill River Parkway bridge over Kisco Avenue was one of my first major accomplishments in the State Assembly. Although there are many more roads and bridges that need attention in the district, the community will soon start to see progress on one of Westchester’s major thoroughfares.”

The project's contractor is ECCO III Enterprises, Inc., Buchwald's office states, adding that the current bridge was built in 1951 and carries about 36,000 vehicles a day.

Despite the size of the project, the DOT does not expect for it to cause major traffic disruptions.

"Staged construction at this site requires minimal off-peak lane closures with few impacts to traffic."

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