Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the northbound Taconic State Parkway bridge over the New Croton Reservoir in New Castle and Yorktown, Westchester County, will reopen to traffic tomorrow morning before the morning rush, more than a month ahead of schedule. The bridge, locally known as the AMVETS Bridge, was rehabilitated as part of a $26 million project. It has been closed to traffic since March.
"As we continue to make progress on major capital construction projects all across the state, it is critical that our work puts New York's drivers first," Governor Cuomo said. "The reopening of the northbound Taconic Parkway bridge a month ahead of schedule does just that and is great news for thousands of Westchester and Hudson Valley commuters who cross the corridor each day. I applaud Commissioner McDonald and her team for completing this project quickly and efficiently."
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald said, "Rehabilitating the bridge over the reservoir improves safety and provides a smoother ride for thousands of travelers who use this bridge every day. We thank the public for their patience during construction and are proud to be reopening the bridge more than a month ahead of schedule."
The section of the parkway that crosses over the reservoir is a six-lane divided highway, with separate bridge spans carrying the north and southbound lanes over the water. The project included replacing the concrete bridge deck and railing, steel hangers and deck supports, installing new guide rail, and resurfacing the roadway on each end of bridge. Remaining work, including restoration of the crossover areas, bridge painting, and project landscaping, will continue into the spring of 2013.
The northbound bridge, built in 1931 and rehabilitated in 1989, carries more than 32,000 vehicles per day. During the closure, northbound traffic was re-routed onto the southbound span, with two travel lanes in each direction.
Commissioner McDonald was joined on the bridge today by state and local officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer said, "I want thank the Department of Transportation and the Tutor Perini Corporation of New Rochelle for their expeditious rehabilitation of the Taconic Parkway Bridge. Governor Cuomo, Commissioner McDonald, contractors and workers are to be congratulated for cutting through red tape and speeding the completion of this project more than a month ahead of schedule. A job well done by all involved!"
Senator Greg Ball said, "I know I speak for many local leaders and residents in congratulating all those involved in getting this done, and done quickly. This is an exciting day and represents a great project done well for the benefit of all. Not only was this done on time, but it was done early, and that should make everyone happy."
Assemblyman Steve Katz said, "I'm delighted that the Taconic Parkway Bridge restoration project has been completed more than a month ahead of schedule. The endeavor created much-needed jobs within the community and preserves a vital artery into and out of Yorktown. The short-term congestion caused by construction was needed in order to ensure long-term usage of the structure. Maintaining the bridge ensured that future generations of residents have a safe and smooth commute."
Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli, who toured the bridge during its construction, said, "Working with Governor Cuomo and Commissioner McDonald, we have established a progressive framework to reinvorigate our bridge and highway infrastructure in a new, streamlined public-private partnership approach, which has helped create jobs and put people back to work. The AMVETS bridge restoration project has not only been completed ahead of schedule, it has improved safety and will provide a smoother ride for commuters in Northern Westchester for decades to come."
Town of New Castle Supervisor Susan Carpenter said, "New Castle is very happy that DOT was able to complete the bridge work ahead of schedule while taking into consideration all safety concerns for the traveling public and for the reservoir."
Major Michael A. Kopy, New York State Police Troop K Commander, said, "The New York State Police, working with our partners in DOT and the local emergency services, ensured safe and efficient movement through and around the construction zone by utilizing the most up-to-date Traffic Incident Management techniques coupled with the assignment of dedicated State Police patrols in the project area."
Ross Pepe, President of the Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley, Inc., said, "Finishing a fast-track project like the Taconic State Parkway Bridge over Croton Reservoir six weeks ahead of schedule is testament to State DOT and contractor Tutor Perini Corporation's coordination and skills. This was not an easy project in that it crossed over a major source of drinking water for Westchester and New York City and had intense traffic conditions during commuter rush hours morning and night. The jobs created by the project during a deep economic decline of the Hudson Valley region were important to dozens of workers who would otherwise have been unemployed. Now commuters and other travelers will have a safe, efficient bridge crossing to use for many decades."
The construction contractor for the project is Tutor Perini Corporation of New Rochelle, Westchester County.
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