MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - With the holiday season coming to a close, DPW crews are gearing up to kick off long-awaited rehabilitation efforts at the Fulton Avenue Drawbridge along the Mount Vernon and Pelham Manor border.
Beginning on Wednesday, the bridge will be closed to motorists and pedestrians between Secor Lane and Edison Avenue. The near $15 million project is expected to continue through most of the year, with an estimated re-opening scheduled for November.
Once repairs begin, a detour route will be posted following Pelham Parkway, Boston Post Road, Provost Avenue, South Third Avenue and South Columbus Avenue, according to officials. Motorists can also use the Hutchinson River Parkway between Boston Post Road (Route 1) and Sandford Boulevard.
During the project, there will be “major” steel, electrical and mechanical repairs, and the entire steel bridge deck, steel stingers and sidewalk panes will be replaced. There will be overall improvements to the bridge and operator’s area, as well as fresh paint and upgraded electrical components. A state-of-the-art emergency generator will be installed in the event of a utility power failure.
This isn’t the first time the Fulton Avenue Drawbridge has been closed for an extended period of time. In 2012, it was closed to vehicles indefinitely following an inspection by the New York State Department of Transportation. County officials are hopeful that with this latest lengthy closure, it will “eliminate the need for interim and emergency repairs.”