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November 2017

Rye Country Day School Senior and E..E. Ford Community Engagement Fellow Sofia Wilmer; Mayor Norman Rosenblum.

Hillside Avenue Bridge Replacement Key Topic at Village of Mamaroneck Board Meeting

By Stephen E. Lipken


A Public Information Meeting about the pressing need to replace the Hillside Avenue Bridge over the Mamaroneck River, Village of Mamaroneck was held on Monday, October 23rd.


Mayor Norman Rosenblum explained than it was not a Public Hearing but information about the bridge replacement, meeting with Jared M. Anderson, Professional Engineer (P.E.), Project Engineer and Jack Gorton, P.E., Project Manager, Hudson Valley Engineering Associates (HVEA), a transportation engineering firm with offices in Beacon and Chestnut Ridge.


“The replacement Hillside Avenue Bridge will facilitate additional flood mitigation,” Assistant Village Manager Daniel Sarnoff stated.  “The project will increase the width of the Mamaroneck River from 30 to 45 feet.  We are looking to increase the bridge from its current 30 to about 40 feet.


The bridge was built in 1936, a W.P.A. project, designed in-house by the Village Engineer. The structure is owned by the Village of Mamaroneck, Town of Mamaroneck and Town of Rye.  We did receive a grant from the New York State Department of Transportation under their Bridge New York Program and Federal Highway Administration which covers 95% of the cost of the bridge, up to $3 million dollars.  Our share is $150,000; $50,000 for each of the three municipalities.


“We are going through the Locally Administered Federal Aid (LAFA) process and have retained the HVEA to apply the engineering and design…Tonight is a requirement of the LAFA process…The engineers will inform us what the design options are in order to get a signed and rewarded contract…”


Gorton requested submitting comments about the bridge in writing; e-mail hillsidebridge@vomny.org by November 22nd.  Sarnoff can be contacted at 914-777-7703.


Next, Rosenblum issued a Special Proclamation to Sofia Wilmer, a Rye County Day School Senior Edward E. Ford Community Engagement Fellow.  The Ford program awards summer fellowships to high school students, enabling them to develop innovative projects addressing community needs.


Sofia helped create a Library and Resource center at the Community Resource Center, 134 Center Avenue, Mamaroneck, a location helping immigrants become self-sufficient.


She also donates “emergency” stuffed animals through the Police  Department to distribute, comforting distressed children.


“You can bring any stuffed animals to my address, 1020 The Parkway, Mamaroneck, Wilmer said.