Initiative to Replace and Renovate
Bridges Across the County
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez has announced the completion of $60.5 million in bridge upgrade projects to enhance safety and resiliency in the Hudson Valley. In Westchester County, major construction is complete on a project that replaced the bridge carrying East Lincoln Avenue over the Hutchinson River Parkway and Hutchinson River, enhancing safety, mobility and resiliency along a heavily traveled corridor that links the Village of Pelham and City of Mount Vernon. The $48 million bridge replacement project was part of a larger, $115 million initiative to replace and renovate several bridges in Westchester County to improve travel and resiliency.
“Under Governor Kathy Hochul’s leadership, New York State is making historic investments in infrastructure that will bring communities together, improve resiliency and keep people and commerce on the move throughout the 21st Century and beyond,” Commissioner Dominguez said. “The project in Orange County benefits all users of the transportation system by enhancing the critically important Interstate 84 travel corridor and also providing new and improved access for hikers and bikers to the popular Heritage Trail. The project in lower Westchester will bring much-needed resiliency to a flood-prone area while also improving traffic flow and connectivity for area residents.”
The project in Westchester County replaced two original structures, which were constructed in 1925, with a with a single, two-span bridge that features an additional three feet of clearance to help reduce collisions with over-height vehicles. The project began in the summer of 2020 and included the replacement of the bridge’s approach slabs, as well as a large culvert that carries the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway off-ramp over the Hutchinson River, which will improve water flow and help reduce instances of flooding at this location. Additionally, the Hutchinson River Parkway at East Lincoln Avenue was reconstructed to better withstand severe weather events. With new traffic signals and bridge rail, this wider, pedestrian-friendly bridge links residents and businesses along East Lincoln Avenue for daily commerce, work and school. While construction was ongoing, a temporary bridge was in place adjacent to the new bridge structure to maintain the flow of traffic.
As part of the larger Lower Westchester Bridge Bundle, the State Department of Transportation is also replacing two bridges on the Saw Mill River Parkway over the Saw Mill River in Pleasantville, and reinforcing the U.S. Route 1 bridge over Mamaroneck River in Mamaroneck. These projects, which focus on drainage improvements and the reconstruction of roadways prone to flooding, will enhance safety and improve the region’s resiliency during storm events.
Senator Shelley B. Mayer said, “Our roads and bridges depend on these kinds of investments. Thank you to Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez and the Department of Transportation for making this investment in Westchester County.”
Assemblymember Steven Otis said, “It is great that Governor Hochul and NYSDOT have given priority to completion of these bridge projects. The New Rochelle, Pelham, Mount Vernon corridor will benefit from the improved bridge, pedestrian path and storm resiliency improvements. Travelers on the Hutch will benefit from the increased height clearance which will improve safety and avoid bridge hits and traffic delays.”
Assemblymember Amy Paulin said, “The upgrade of these bridges is a welcome accomplishment for my constituents in Westchester County and for New Yorkers throughout the state. I commend our Department of Transportation for their diligence and hard work in the completion of these projects. These upgraded bridges will add to the resiliency of our region and bring safe passage to the New Yorkers who use these heavily travelled routes each day.”
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “Ensuring safe roadways and bridges is a vital governmental function. Thanks to this investment by New York State, Westchester County residents can know that this is a function their government takes seriously. By creating construction jobs, strengthening our infrastructure and protecting against future bridge strikes this project is a major win for our County.”