MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - The Westchester County Board of Legislators has approved nearly $3 million in bond funding to expedite repairs on the Fulton Avenue Drawbridge that connects Mount Vernon and Pelham.
In total, more than $12 million have been invested in the ongoing project, with contractors replacing aging steel, rehabbing weathered and worn down surfaces, painting, rebalancing bascule spans and renovating corroding metal bulkheads to help protect the river.
Due to its location connecting the municipalities’ busy retail and industrial districts, elected officials have been eager to finish refurbishing the bridge so traffic patterns can return to normal, appeasing angered motorists and business owners in the area.
Mount Vernon Legislator Lyndon Williams called on the Department of Public Works to get to work, including a public plan of action to “inform residents and business owners when the bridge will be closed and to map out an efficient and well-marked detour to minimize the impact of work.”
“This bridge is a critical piece of infrastructure traversed by area residents to access Boston Post Road and the corridor to Interstate 95 coming into and leaving lower Westchester County,” Legislator Lyndon Williams stated. “Major retail development in Mount Vernon and Pelham, as well as small merchants and restaurants, benefit from the free flow of traffic and commerce over the Fulton Avenue Bridge each day.”
Legislator Jim Maisano - whose district includes Pelham and Pelham Manor - echoed Williams’ words, noting that the Fulton Avenue Bridge has been a point of contention in the community, with many of his constituents calling the office to complain about closures.
“This is a short bridge, but it is very important for commuters and local businesses,” he added. “I’m glad we have funded the rehabilitation of this crucial bridge, and I will expect that our DPW will ensure that the work is done efficiently and with minimal impact to local businesses. We need this bridge fully fixed and to have this traffic corridor back to normal as soon as possible.”
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